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Video: Education Support Professionals Talk School Modernization

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by Steve Lemken

Far too many students are learning in schools with leaky roofs and peeling paint in overcrowded classrooms with out-of-date or no technology. Senator Brown (D-OH) and Representative DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced the Fix America’s Schools Today Act (S. 1597/H.R. 2948), which would provide needed funds to ensure students the learning environments so essential to their success.

Education Support Professionals are on the front lines in the fight for school modernization. Many times they are the first or only school staff to recognize health and safety issues that can dramatically affect students and their ability to learn. ESPs fight tirelessly for school modernization and the well being of their students and fellow staff.

Some of these workplace heroes were in Washington recently participating in NEA ESP’s Leaders for Tomorrow training. LFT is a program designed to prepare ESPs to become effective leaders. The program, in its fifth year, gives participants confidence, skills and knowledge as they work within their local and state organizations. While here, these seven members took the time to tell us of much needed improvements at their worksites.

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Jossette Threatts – Dover, Delaware Karen Blackwood – Urbana, Maryland
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Lynn Witts – Polson, Montana Joseph Leonard Almaguer – Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Stephone Avery – Camden, Arkansas Debbie Solis – Westminster, Colorado

Stacy Yanko – Hopatcong, New Jersey

Take action today:

  • Tell your Members of Congress to put Americans back to work and ensure our children get the education they deserve by supporting school modernization and passing the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act.
  • Share your school modernization story — We need your stories to help put pressure on Members of Congress to do the right thing.

Steven Brooks, an Education Support Professional from Maryland and member of the board of directors of the National Education Association, was at the White House on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 as part of NEA’s delegation meeting with President Obama. He took a few minutes after the meeting to share his thoughts on school modernization and the need to pass the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST)Act.

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  1. Ronald Brayman

    Of course it’s true that students who attend pre-school are better prepared to enter k. I submit, however, that you are asking the wrong question. It’s not, “Are the children ready to enter k or one, but are grades k and 1 organized and designed in a way to serve each child, no matter what level the child is when he/she begins. No matter how hard government trys to get children ready for school, many children will enter at much lower levels than would be ideal! It’s how the school is prepared to deal with each child. A good start would be non-graded k thru 3! There’s plenty of information available on systems that have already proven successful with k – 3 non graded.

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