Education support professionals (ESPs) hold our schools together.
Everyone who works in public education deserves the same things. Respect for their contribution to the care and education of our students. Fair compensation for their work, including affordable health care. Safe working conditions.
Unfortunately, most ESPs across Minnesota don’t get enough of any of those. These critical educators are disproportionately women and people of color, performing multiple jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and most at risk of exposure to the virus.
Education Minnesota supports the following legislative proposals to improve pay and benefits for ESPs and elevate their voice in decisions on staffing levels and working conditions:
- Require school districts and charter schools to pay their ESPs at least $20 an hour. Every school employee should have the right to spend time at home with her or his own children, without working two or three extra jobs to survive.
- Help educators and all Minnesotans get high quality, affordable health care. This includes allowing people to buy into MinnesotaCare and fighting for other public options.