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2018 Award recipients honored at IEA Representative Assembly

Award recipients were honored at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event in Rosemont,...

Teachers warn Janus v. AFSCME could have a direct impact on public education

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The lawsuit aims to take away fair share fees for all public unions, including education employee unions like the IEA, which means it will likely have a dramatic impact on public education.

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on President Trump’s push to arm teachers

SPRINGFIELD – Today President Donald Trump continued his calls for teachers to carry guns, going so far as to suggest armed teachers be given...

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address

SPRINGFIELD – Today Governor Bruce Rauner addressed lawmakers at the Statehouse in Springfield for his annual budget address. The following is a statement from...

IEA recommends J.B. Pritzker in Democratic Primary for Governor

The IEA Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly to recommend Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor. The vote came after a Pritzker recommendation from the IEA IPACE executive committee.

Op-ed by Kathi Griffin, president of the IEA

A horrifying incident took place at Mattoon High School on September 20. But there was no tragic loss of life because math and physical...

A Pediatrician’s Thanks for All You Do

By Dr. Sameer Vohra SIU School of Medicine SpringfieldI was in the seventh grade. Short and scrawny with acne on my face and peach fuzz on...

Janus case is a swipe at the middle class

Statement from IEA President Kathi GriffinThe Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME, which originated in Illinois, is an attempt to take away the freedom...

You can help fellow NEA members, victims of Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey continues to bear down on the Gulf Coast, we know that many members of our union family have been affected by...

2017 Award recipients honored at IEA Representative Assembly

Award recipients were honored at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event in Chicago,...

Higher education rally at the Capitol includes newly organized IEA local

https://vimeo.com/203205802 Hundreds attended a rally Wednesday in support of funding higher education at the Capitol, including members of the newly unionized SIUE Faculty Association. Local President Kim...

SIUE tenure-line faculty union certified by state

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on Thursday certified the SIUE Faculty Association-IEA/NEA as the exclusive bargaining representative for some 400 tenured and tenure...

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...

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.

2016 Award recipients honored at IEA Representative Assembly

Award recipients were honored at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event in Rosemont,...

Protect Illinois Public Universities

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed a $387 million cut to all public universities in the state of Illinois. With the state’s consistent failure to...

Join the Great Public Schools Network

Jim Grimes, an Illinois higher education member, is facilitating an NEA online learning community for higher education. Visit GPSnetwork.org to sign up.The site, one...

IEA legislation to protect SURS annuitants is passed by the House

In 2012, the Illinois legislature passed the Return to Work law. This law made employers liable for SURS penalties if they rehired a SURS...