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Students and public education win during legislative session

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the governor’s office to ensure the passage of several pieces of pro-public education legislation during the 2018-19 legislative session in Springfield.
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Illinois lawmakers reverse cost shift, reinstate 6 percent salary threshold for teachers

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers took action to help save the teaching profession and repealed the 3 percent salary threshold on teacher salaries and reinstated the 6 percent salary threshold. The change was attached to the budget implementation bill.
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$40,000 minimum teacher salary bill passes

SPRINGFIELD – Today, the state legislature passed the $40,000 minimum teacher salary, ensuring no teacher in Illinois will be able to make less than...
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IEA passes legislation that changes the course of school safety in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Education Association initiated a bill that will allow school districts to develop threat assessment protocols, threat assessment teams and access...
IEA delivers 55,000 signatures, pushes for lawmakers to repeal the 3 before they leave

IEA delivers 55,000 signatures, pushes for lawmakers to repeal the 3 before they leave

SPRINGFIELD – Educators from around the state carried file boxes filled with signed petitions to the Illinois State Capitol building today asking lawmakers to repeal the 3 percent threshold on pensionable teacher salaries before they leave Springfield and help preserve the profession.
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Sauk Village school district attempts to relinquish local control, outsource jobs

Dozens of school employees plan to picket school board meeting in protest SAUK VILLAGE — Dozens of school employees plan to wear red and picket...
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COD Faculty Association announces Spirit Week, May 13-17

Glen Ellyn, Ill – The College of DuPage Faculty Association (CODFA) will hold a series of events the week of May 13-17 to emphasize...
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Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on canceling pension holiday

SPRINGFIELD — The Pritzker administration announced there is no need to extend the pension payment schedule next year because of better-than-expected tax revenue.“We are...
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IEA releases bipartisan State of Education Report

Poll shows Illinoisans believe schools are performing poorly, teachers are underpaid, and fixing education, with input from educators, should be a top priority.
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IEA honors Sen. Andy Manar with Friend of Education award

ROSEMONT – Today U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL9) was honored with the Illinois Education Association’s (IEA) Friend of Education award for her commitment to public education.