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How to become a “Qualified” Paraprofessional under ESEA

How to become a “Qualified” Paraprofessional under ESEA

Paraprofessionals—get information on ways to get certified to meet the new requirements under the so-called “No Child Left Behind” law.

VICTORY: Deadline for Paraprofessionals Extended

Dexter custodian receives Leon Brunner Award at ESP Conference

Richard Wines of Dexter is the 2014 recipient of the Leon A. Brunner Award for his contributions to ESP.

Richard Wines, a custodian at Wylie Elementary School in Dexter, was honored with the ESP Caucus' highest award, the 2014 Leon A. Brunner Award at this year’s MEA ESP Statewide Conference. The award is given to an educational support professional who has made significant contributions to ESP and has exhibited a high degree of commitment to ESP issues and concerns.

Wines is president of his local, Coordinating Council Chair, and a Region 3 member of the ESP Caucus Executive Board.

In accepting his award, Wines described MEA and its members as a family and how “the family” is at a crossroads.

“Our family is being hurt. We need to sway our family to have a reunion and start rebuilding this union.  And we can do that by engaging each member of the family,” Wines said. 

Algonac Community Schools privatizes bus drivers’ jobs

Despite widespread opposition from local residents, the Algonac Community Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to privatize its transportation services, eliminating the jobs of about a dozen local bus drivers.

Members honored with top ESP awards

Connie Boylan, a 23-year veteran library media paraprofessional and current president of the MEA ESP Caucus, was honored with the 2013 Leon Brunner Award. MEA President Steve Cook was inducted into the ESP Hall of Fame.

Attendees at the 2013 MEA ESP Statewide Conference honored three of their own for contributions to the cause of ESP members in Michigan.

National ESP of the Year inspires conference attendees

MEA ESP Caucus President Connie Boylan introduces NEA 2012 ESP of the Year Judy Near as the keynote speaker at the 2013 MEA ESP Statewide Conference on Saturday, March 16 in Bay City.

Working in a rural Colorado school district for 22 years, Judy Near was constantly frustrated by her non-union work environment. Employee concerns weren't addressed. Near's colleagues felt voiceless.

Nominations Sought for ESP Caucus Board

Nominations are being accepted for several positions on the MEA ESP Caucus Executive Board.

Open positions are as follows beginning September 1, 2013 except as noted:

            AT-LARGE:

                        1-----Interim position immediate to August 31, 2013

                        3-----Positions September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016.

            CUSTODIAL:

                        1-----Interim position immediate to August 31, 2013

Walled Lake paraprofessional wins ESP Brunner Award

Denise Miller

Denise Miller, a paraprofessional and local union leader from Walled Lake, was named the 2012 recipient of the Leon A. Brunner Award. The award is given annually at MEA's Statewide Educational Support Professional Conference in recognition an ESP leader's significant contributions and commitment to ESP issues and concerns. 

During last year's recall petition drives, Miller worked tirelessly to collect signatures to hold lawmakers accountable for their decisions in Lansing. She gained notoriety after she filed suit against the Oakland County Parks for restricting her ability to circulate petitions at a local park, where the county had literally marked off a 12-by-12 foot square in which she was told she had to stand. In a huge victory for both the recall supporters and believers in our personal freedom to engage in political activity, Miller won the court case.

Miller is now looking forward to working hard in 2012 on the Protect Our Jobs campaign to protect collective bargaining rights in our state constitution.