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More than 100 IEA members expected at Educator Day of Action

NAPERVILLE – More than 100 IEA members will mobilize for public education on Saturday, Sept. 22 for a day of action ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
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Murphysboro teachers overwhelmingly vote to authorize a strike

MURPHYSBORO – The Murphysboro Education Association (MEA) voted overwhelming on Tuesday evening to authorize a strike.  The earliest MEA would go on strike would...
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School board oath bill signed into law, school board members now required to pledge...

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the school board oath bill (HB 4768) into law. The Illinois Education Association (IEA) helped draft the legislation that prompts school board members to look out for the best interests of students, not just taxpayers, as part of their job responsibilities.
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Statement from DUEA President Sara Moeller on new contract

Elgin – The District U46 Educational Assistants’ (DUEA) President Sara Moeller today released the following statement regarding DUEA’s new contract with Elgin School District Unit 46.
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Winnebago Education Association authorizes strike, sets strike date

WINNEBAGO – The Winnebago Education Association (WEA) voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday morning to authorize a strike. Unless the Winnebago Board of Education and WEA can agree to a tentative agreement before then, teachers will be on strike starting Sept. 10.
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IEA: Governor Rauner fails to address teacher shortage, fails to act on minimum teacher...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) today released the following statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on Governor Bruce Rauner signing HB 5771,...
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IEA urges support of SB 3622, looks to reinstate 6 percent, end-of-career retirement benefit...

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) today encourages the Illinois General Assembly to consider SB 3622, a bill introduced by State Sen Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) that will revert the end-of-career retirement benefit for educators in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and State Universities System (SURS) from three percent back to six percent. 
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Schiller Park teacher named NEA Foundation award recipient

SCHILLER PARK – The NEA Foundation announced that Louise Stompor, a fourth/fifth grade reading specialist and National Board Certified Teacher at Washington School in Schiller Park, Illinois, is one of 46 public school educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C.
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Hundreds of District U-46 Educational Assistants plan to attend board meeting, ask board to...

Elgin – District U-46 Educational Assistants (DUEA), an Illinois Education Association local comprised of 600 para-educators, tonight is asking the school board to approve additional funds requested by the district for all DUEA members. Hundreds of DUEA members plan to attend the U-46 board meeting and to hold an informational picket beforehand.

IEA: Janus decision could have dramatic impact on public education

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case that was bankrolled by corporate interest groups that wanted to rig the economic system further in their favor and make it even harder for working people to stand united.
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River Forest educator selected as 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

RIVER FOREST – The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, today named Lindsay Johnson, a teacher at Roosevelt School in River Forest, as a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a fellow, Johnson will spend a year in a peer learning network, building global competency skills.

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....

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.