PSRP Reporter: Winter 2015

  • President Obama signs new ESEA legislation

    Paraprofessional standards will stay in place

    THE WAIT IS OVER for a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which ushered in the era of paraprofessionals after its original passage in 1965.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act retains formulas to help schools mitigate the effects of concentrated poverty and preserves vital...

  • Where We Stand

    PSRPs, rising together to the challenge Lorretta Johnson

    IT’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY since the day we had a massive snowstorm in Baltimore, soon after I started my career in the classroom as a paraprofessional. Teachers were sent home, and my co-workers and I were left alone to keep the students safe. At the time, we earned $2.25 per hour and received no...

  • Advancing the fight for professional voice

    THE AFT TASK FORCE on Professionalism continues refining what it means to be a professional, identifying our members’ professional needs and considering what we must do to eliminate barriers to being a professional. The task force met in October after a series of listening sessions in which it...

  • Growing together in our union

    How engaging a fellow member produced a new leader Karen Krussow

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  • AFT issues groundbreaking report on racial equity

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  • A problem, solved

    Paraprofessionals train peers in Common Core math

    OUR WORK LIVES often come down to a balance between challenges and aspirations. Challenges when we’re not given the dignity and respect we deserve, and aspirations when we reach for higher goals, like the best education for our students. That’s the case for two members who found that their jobs...