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IFT PSRPs (paraprofessionals and school-related personnel)

IFT's PSRP division represents school support staff in PreK-12 districts, colleges and universities throughout Illinois. Members of this growing and diverse division include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, mechanics, special education assistants and many more.

PSRP Day, PSRP Resources
Illinois PSRP Day
The third Wednesday of each November is "PSRP Day," a day to recognize PSRPs who provide essential services to Illinois students.

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Illinois Kids First, PRRP Resources
Illinois Kids First
IFT's FREE online resource center designed to give parents the tools they need to help their child reach his or her greatest potential.

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The PSRP division of the American Federation of Teachers regularly issues tips, tools and resources on injury prevention, health and safety precautions, ergonomics, school safety, team building and more.

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Share my lesson, psrp resources
Share My Lesson
Join AFT's newest online resource center, Share My Lesson. Register to share behavior management strategies, IEP resources and other tools for working with students – FREE!

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ULI, PSRP Resources
Professional Development
Improve your practice and your students’ achievement using a variety of proven methods through the AFT Professional Development program created by the American Federation of Teachers.

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AACSE, PSRP Resources
American Association of Classified School Employees
Learn more about the American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE), a coalition that advocates for and promotes classified school employees at the national level.

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Legislative update for the week of February 11

by Beth Camplain | Feb 16, 2019
Highlights include: minimum wage increase, repeal of 3% salary limitations, right-to-work protections, and more.

The IFT is tracking hundreds of the 6,000 plus bills that have been introduced so far this session. Here are highlights from this week’s action:

Minimum wage bill heads to the governor
The House passed the $15 minimum wage bill this week with a veto-proof majority. The governor and lieutenant governor appeared on the House floor during the SB 1 (Lightford/Guzzardi) floor debate to encourage legislators to support working-class families in Illinois. Gov. Pritzker is expected to sign the bill into law next week. 

Repeal of 3% salary limitation advances
HB 350
(Willis) passed out of the House Pension Committee this week by a vote of 6-3-1. HB 350 would repeal the 3% salary limitation on the state pension liability for members of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). If the legislation is enacted, the limitation will revert to the previous 6% threshold. The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration.

Right-to-work protections introduced
SB 1474
(Villivalam) was introduced this week. This bill would preempt localities from enacting right to work ordinances. 

Effort advances to establish recall rights for paraprofessionals
HB 921
(Stuart) was approved in the House Education School Curriculum and Policies Committee by a vote of 13-5. This bill establishes recall rights for paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs) and ensures that they have the same rights as teachers.

Teacher evaluation reset filed
(Lightford) and HB 2272 (Martwick) are IFT initiatives introduced to reform the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) to provide more effective evaluation feedback to teachers and administrators. Changes include making student growth measures permissive, establishing a local appeal process for school districts outside Chicago, and for purposes of the School Report Card, moving to a two-rating evaluation reporting system.

Charter accountability measures introduced
  • HB 809 (Welch) would remove provisions that allow the State Charter School Commission to reverse a school board’s decision to deny, revoke, or not renew a charter.
  • HB 2100 (Welch) would abolish the Charter Commission completely.
  • HB 334 (Martwick) establishes Local School Councils (LSCs) for charters.
  • HB 811 (Martwick) prohibits charter contracts with EMO/CMO.
  • HB 278 (Welch) and SB 197 (Collins) provide for additional charter accountability.

A look ahead
Both chambers return to Springfield next week. The governor will give his budget address and State of the State message on Wednesday before a joint session of the House and Senate.

Download the IFT app (Apple or Android) for updates and watch Under the Dome.


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