ISBE: Avoid a costly lapse – Renew your teaching license before September1

(From the Illinois State Board of Education)Dear Educator,This email is a courtesy reminder that your license should be renewed and registered by August 31,...

Access member benefits via IEA Members Only

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IEA President, Cinda Klickna

IEA President: Rauner email reveals what governor really thinks about teachers

Statement from IEA President Cinda KlicknaThe email uncovered by the Chicago Tribune confirmed what many of us thought, and feared, about what Governor Rauner...

Monmouth educators receive $5,000 NEA grant for literacy program

WASHINGTON, DC (July 21, 2016) — “We are looking forward to seeing the confidence of our struggling readers grow as they work through this...

Registration now open for the IEA One Conference

October 14-15, 2016 Doubletree Hotel Oak Brook, ILRegister today for the IEA One Conference. This is a conference for ESP, Higher Ed and Retired members. Registration...

Use your voice – Take action on ESSA!

New draft regulations of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May. Educators, parents, and other...

ERO has expired – What happens next

The Early Retirement Option (ERO) for Illinois teachers, which allowed teachers to retire before age 60 without incurring a penalty, expired on July 1,...

Analysis of “stopgap” budget

Members of the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner have come to an agreement on what is being referred to as a “stopgap” budget...

Illinois Working Together coalition statement on the stopgap budget agreement

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding the announcement of a stopgap budget agreement: "A stopgap budget agreement offers...

SCORE grants available for teachers and ESPs – APPLY NOW!

This is year four of Schools and Community Outreach by Educators (SCORE) cash grants being available to IEA members.  While SCORE's focus is on engaging...

Partnership for Resilience videos – Parts One and Two

A new series on TURN (Teacher Union Reform Network), highlights the emerging work of the Partnership for Resilience (formerly the Southland Initiative), which focuses...

Save the Date for the IEA One Conference

Save the Date for the IEA One Conference at the Doubletree Hotel, Oak Brook, IL. This is a conference for ESP, Higher Ed and...

Legislative Update for June 1, 2016

The regular legislative session adjourned at midnight on May 31. Unfortunately, while numerous budget bills were introduced, not a single budget bill passed both...
Stacie Pelletier at the center of the BIG SCORE check, along with her Board of Education and school district administrators.

IEA SCORE grant awarded to Forest Park District #91 teacher

IEA members are using SCORE grants in many innovative ways to help children and students.  Stacie Pelletier, a special education early childhood teacher in...

More than 8,000 Rally in Springfield, Demand Governor Rauner Stop Hurting Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - More than 8,000 Illinoisans rallied in Springfield today to call on Governor Bruce Rauner and his allies to drop their extreme demands...

Opponent of academic freedom named to higher ed board

Governor Bruce Rauner is stepping up his assault on Illinois’ public colleges and universities by appointing to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) a...
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Capitol Report – May 13, 2016

Watch the video IEA Director of Government Relations, Jim Reed, with an update on events at the Illinois Statehouse.

The ISBE is seeking feedback on the New Educator Data Dashboard

Illinois State Board of Education is developing an Educator Data Dashboard for Regional Offices of Education, districts, schools, and classrooms that will provide access...
DESPA - Pictured here are IEA members Jim Grommer, Char Gaul, Amy Moreno, Vickie Beard, Steve Budnick, Jim Blaseck and Jason Arrington.

DESPA goes the extra mile for Special Olympics

The District #300 Education Support Professionals Association (DESPA in Carpentersville-Dundee) recently donated $2,500 to the Jacob’s High School Special Olympics team.  DESPA is committed...

Teachers urged to help students avoid unethical for-profit schools

Dear Teacher: As I have each of the past two academic years, I write to ask for your help to ensure that your students are receiving honest and accurate information about their higher education options.Every day, your students are bombarded by flashy advertisements from for-profit colleges offering a quick and easy enrollment process, federal financial assistance, flexible schedules, and a promised path to high-paying jobs and a better life. But too often it doesn't work out that way. I have heard too many stories of Illinois students, often low-income or minority students, who thought they were doing the right thing by enrolling in a for-profit college. Instead, they're left with a worthless degree that employers don't recognize as a legitimate credential, credits that don't transfer, and almost twice the average debt of their fellow students who attended traditional public schools. For-profit colleges account for a staggering 40 percent of all federal student loan defaults despite enrolling only ten percent of all college students. Those two numbers - 10 percent of the students, 40 percent of student loan defaults - tell a heartbreaking story of student exploitation.