ESP Award

Classified school employees
Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE)
Education support professionals

ESPs are VIPs

We demand recognition for their contributions to student learning.

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NEA supports passage of the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (HR 276), which would provide long overdue recognition for their outstanding contributions to our nation's schools and students.
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The legislation directs the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program in celebration of excellence by Education Support Professionals in public schools.
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ESPs include nine career families: clerical services; custodial and maintenance services; food services; health and student services; paraeducators; security services; skilled trades; technical services; and transportation services. They provide essential services to America's public schools and institutions of higher education.
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As an integral part of the public education system, ESPs promote student achievement, ensure student safety, and contribute to the establishment and promotion of a positive instructional environment.

Bills in Congress

A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognition Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Program recognizing excellence exhibited by classified school employees providing services to students in prekindergarten through high school.

A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program recognizing excellence exhibited by classified school employees providing services to students in prekindergarten through high school.

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