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MEA – Educational Support Professionals

The 2014 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference will be held March 7-9, 2014, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

The ESP Statewide Conference will be held on March 14-15, 2014, in Troy Michigan, at the Somerset Inn.

This statewide conference is designed to serve the expressed needs of the Educational Support Professional members of the Michigan Education Association. Individual workshop sessions have been structured to meet both the generic and specific needs of the group.

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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.

Every citizen who spoke at Thursday’s meeting testified against the privatization proposal, which passed by a 6-1 margin.

“This is bigger than just bus drivers,” school board member Beth Engel, the only board member to vote against the proposal, said during the meeting, according to the Times Herald. “We have this community that has come out in support of something and I applaud them for it. ... We need to listen to the community.”

But the school board didn’t listen to the community. Instead, the school board outsourced local jobs to Lansing-based Dean Transportation, a for-profit company that has swooped into communities throughout Michigan to take jobs away from school bus drivers.

“You are elected by the community,” citizen Robert Bates said to the school board, the Times Herald reported. “A vote to follow through with this privatization is a detriment to the community. ... I hope that each of you can live with the decision you make.”

Members honored with top ESP awards

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

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. Given in honor of a late, longtime ESP activist from the Upper Peninsula, Boylan's colleagues bestowed this award in recognition of her commitment to ESP involvement and advocacy, as well as her tireless work for public education.

"From the local level to the MEA and NEA Board of Directors, I'm proud to advocate for ESP, especially in fighting back the threat of privatization on our members," Boylan said. "We're stronger together in fighting back against outsourcing, standing up for school funding, or being successful as a union, even in spite of anti-union efforts like the so-called 'right-to-work.' I've believed that my whole career, and I'm not done advocating for what we believe in."

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National ESP of the Year inspires conference attendees

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.


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