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Episode 6: SCORE Grants

In this episode we speak with IEA Early Career Development and Student Director Meredith Byers about SCORE grants.

FAQ has been developed on new 3 percent pension changes

The last-minute pension proposal introduced as part of the budget package has several components, the most concerning of which is a decrease to 3...

Shawnee College Education Association calls for comprehensive review of Shawnee Community College President

ULLIN – The Shawnee College Education Association (SCEA) is calling for a swift, transparent and comprehensive review of Shawnee Community College (SCC) President Dr. Peggy Bradford. The SCEA will hold a rally to preserve SCC’s future and call for the Board of Trustees to take action.

IEA Legislative Update – June 1, 2018

For the first time in three years, the General Assembly has passed a budget with bipartisan support that is likely to be signed by...

IEA applauds General Assembly for passing state budget and increasing education funding, cautions against...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association supports the additional funding provided in the newly passed state budget for both higher education and K-12 education, however the organization has serious concerns about the changes made to TRS and SURS.

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin encouraging Governor Rauner to pass new minimum teacher...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin today released the following statement regarding the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of SB 2892. This bill will raise the minimum salary for teachers in Illinois to $40,000 a year and will be phased in over a four-year period.

IEA Legislative Update – May 25, 2018

As we move into the Memorial Day weekend, the preparation has begun for what is possibly the final week of the spring legislative session....

Register now for the Summer Leadership Academy

Join us this summer for training on leadership skills that make a difference for our students, our locals, our schools and our communities. This year SLA will be offering in-depth “schools” for our attendees, some professional development sessions and several sessions specific to the Janus decision. 

IEA donates 18 computers to I CAN READ! program

CARBONDALE – The Illinois Education Association donated 18 computers to I CAN READ! of Southern Illinois. The computers will be instrumental in helping the kindergarten through fifth grade students in the program access books online and also with writing and research.

Dixon Education Association to host screening and panel discussion of Paper Tigers, a documentary...

DIXON – Exactly one week after the shooting at Dixon High School, the Dixon Education Association (DEA) will host a community screening of Paper Tigers on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. The documentary is part of the Illinois Education Association’s (IEA) trauma-informed work. 

IEA stands with IFT, calls for school board member to step down after derogatory...

O’FALLON – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Board of Directors (BOD) unanimously voted Saturday to pass a resolution calling for O’Fallon School District 90 Board member Steve Springer to resign. The IEA stands in solidarity with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), which is also calling for Springer’s resignation.

IEA Legislative Update – May 18, 2018

As we approach the final few weeks of the scheduled spring legislative session, much of the discussion has shifted to the budget and whether...

Episode 5: NEA’s Degrees Not Debt Program

In this episode we talk about NEA’s Degrees Not Debt Program featuring Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Teacher Loan Forgiveness, Teacher Loan Cancellation, and Income-Based Repayment Plans.

Statement from IEA thanking Dixon School Resource Officer Mark Dallas for his heroic efforts

DIXON – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin today released the following statement regarding the school shooting at Dixon High School: “Our hearts...

Building Trauma Sensitive Schools

Join us June 19 at Northern Illinois University for this conference as we hear from Susan Craig, one of the country's leading authorities on trauma-informed education and learn from the growing number of home-grown experts who are making a difference in our area's schools.

Illinois Education Association recommends Sean Casten for 6th Congressional seat

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the first union to recommend Democrat Sean Casten for the 6th Congressional seat. Today’s announcement comes...

IEA pushes for school board oath to focus on students

New school board oath one step closer to becoming law SPRINGFIELD – The school board oath bill (HB 4768) unanimously passed out of the Senate...

Letter to the editor from IEA President Kathi Griffin

Teaching is a profession, not a whim Published in the Chicago Tribune on May 4 The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board told lawmakers to “scrap” a plan designed to...

IEA Legislative Update – May 7, 2018

Legislative Update 5/7/2018This week, both chambers are scheduled to be in session Tuesday through Friday. Last week, the Senate was the only chamber in...

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on the Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, the House and Human Services committee will hold a hearing on Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4 (SJRCA 4), also...