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Illinois Education Association recommends candidates in Congressional primaries

SPRINGFIELD - The state executive committee of the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) has recommended four candidates in the Illinois Congressional primary races. IPACE is recommending Delia Ramirez for in the Congressional District 3 Democrat primary, Rep. Sean Casten in the Congressional District 6 Democrat primary, Brad Schneider...

The IEA is pleased to announce an IN-PERSON professional development opportunity for this summer. 

Calling all NEW and NEWer Teachers! June 7, 2022 | 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM | National Louis University | Lisle, IL The IEA is pleased to announce an IN-PERSON professional development opportunity for this summer.  Topics will include SEL, ACEs, mindfulness, self-care, restorative practices and more.  Seats are limited. Register Today.

Hundreds of Beach Park teachers, community members to pack school board meeting, call on board to remove superintendent

The teachers will deliver a petition with more than 500 signatures to board of education BEACH PARK – More than 300 people are expected to attend the Beach Park District 3 Board of Education (BOE) meeting this evening to show their support for removing Superintendent Craig Doster from his position. The Beach...

Illinois Education Association recommends candidates in Illinois primary

SPRINGFIELD - The state executive committee of the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) has recommended three candidates in the Illinois primary race – two for the office of Secretary of State of Illinois and one for the Illinois Supreme Court. The IPACE Executive Committee met with candidates Friday...

National Education Association President Becky Pringle visits Collinsville High School to visit members, teacher program

COLLINSVILLE – National Education Association (NEA) President Becky Pringle will visit four locations in Illinois as part of her Joy, Justice and Excellence tour, talking to members about their concerns, challenges and successes during this school year and throughout the pandemic. Pringle will be joined by Illinois Education Association (IEA)...

Legislative Update for April 15, 2022

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Illinois Education Association passes legislation to combat the teacher and support staff shortage and to improve K-12 education, higher education

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 2021-22 legislative session in Springfield. This legislation will mean stronger K-12 schools and stronger community colleges...

Illinois Education Association honors Rep. Terra Costa Howard

SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Education Association (IEA) honored Rep. Terra Costa Howard for her commitment to public education. The following statement is attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin: “The IEA is honoring Rep. Terra Costa Howard for her deep support of public education. She has positively impacted the lives of...

Illinois Education Association honors educators from around the state

SPRINGFIELD – The state’s largest educator organization, the Illinois Education Association (IEA), today honored those with an outstanding commitment to their schools, their students, their communities and to public education. The awards were presented during the IEA Representative Assembly (RA). The RA is the legislative body of the IEA and helps...

Governor signs bill that supports COVID-19 administrative days and paycheck protection support (HB 1167)

SPRINGFIELD – Today, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 1167 (HB 1167), a negotiated bill, that allows vaccinated teachers and support staff in Illinois schools the ability to take COVID-19 related days off, without penalty, to care for themselves and their children and makes this benefit retroactive to the...

Illinois Could Soon Track Which School Districts are Not in Compliance with Illinois Threat Assessment Law

House Bill 4994 Passes House and Senate, Heads to Governor’s Desk SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 4994 (HB 4994) passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly and is now awaiting Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature. The legislation, initiated by the Illinois Education Association, would track which school districts are not in compliance...

Illinois Education Association statement on passage of COVID Administrative Days and Paycheck Protection Support Bill (HB 1167)

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin regarding the passage of the COVID Adminstrative Days and Paycheck Protection Support Bill  (HB 1167), which now heads to Gov. Pritzker's desk for signature: "Our state is in the middle of a growing teacher and education employee...

Illinois’ Bonniejean Alford recognized as 2022 NEA Higher Educator of the Year

WASHINGTON – Bonniejean Alford, MA (Sociology and Communication) has been named as the 2022 NCHE/NEA Higher Educator of the Year. Nominated by fellow adjunct instructor, Clara Rogers-Green (Math instructor), Alford previously won the student nominated teacher of the year for her division at College of DuPage. Alford has taught...

Illinois’ Debra Ward-Mitchell recognized as 2022 NEA ESP of the Year

Pringle: Debra Ward-Mitchell is a tireless advocate for her students, educators, and communities WASHINGTON – NEA has named Illinois paraeducator and assistant director at an infant care center Debra Ward-Mitchell the 2022 NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year. On March 26th, at the 2022 NEA ESP National Conference in...

Wings of Ebony author J. Elle virtually visits students at Paris Cooperative High School, in Illinois

J. Elle’s visit with students was part of NEA’s Read Across America Sweepstakes PARIS, ILL. – Bestselling New York Times author J. Elle today virtually visited more than 100 students from Paris Cooperative High School, in Illinois, as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Sweepstakes. Elle, author...

Westmont Teachers and District 60 School Board Reach Tentative Agreement

WESTMONT – The Maercker Education Association and Maercker School District 60 Board of Education are pleased to announce a tentative agreement on a new multi-year agreement. With more than 20 years of contract negotiations experience between the District 60 Board and the MEA, the co-presidents of the MEA, Angie Burnett and Sondra LaPointe, are pleased with the...

Illinois Education Association Releases Annual, Bi-Partisan State of Education Report

Poll shows Illinoisans believe educators are paid too little, are concerned about the impacts the teacher and education employee shortages are having on students’ education and support teaching about racism and slavery in schools SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Education Association (IEA) today released its fourth annual State of Education report,...

Lewis and Clark Community College Faculty Association file formal complaints against Board of Trustees

The complaints will center around disregard for diversity and equity, overreach of authority and a lack of transparency GODFREY – The Lewis and Clark Community College Faculty Association (LCCCFA) filed complaints against the Lewis and Clark Community College Board of Trustees (BOT) with the Higher Learning Commission, Illinois Community College Trustee...

Illinois Education Association Statement on 4th District Appellate Court Ruling

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin regarding the 4th District Appellate Court ruling on the State of Illinois’ appeal of Judge Grischow’s Feb. 4, 2022, Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the Sangamon County COVID school litigation: “We appreciate the clarity brought forth in the...

Illinois Education Association Calls on School Districts to Wait for Appellate Court Ruling Before Making Decisions on COVID Safety Measures

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) Vice President Al Llorens regarding the ruling by Sangamon County Judge Raylene Grischow on the temporary restraining order (TRO) that would prohibit enforcement of face masks, vaccination, and Covid testing mandates: “Our students thrive on consistency and the last two...