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Open Letter -Protecting Public Workers: Concerns Over PROPWA Rulemaking

As the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) engages in rulemaking over the Protections for Public Workers Act (PROPWA), the Jeffco Education Support Professionals Association (JESPA) Executive Board expresses deep concerns about ongoing retaliation faced by its nearly 4,000 Education Support Professionals (ESPs). ESPs, encompassing roles from paraprofessionals to food service workers, interpreters to

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COVID-19/ Coronavirus

COVID-19 Procedures According to Jeffco

Recently the district published procedures related to how individuals will be quarantined in the event of a COVID case and/or outbreak. Review their procedures here: As always, front line workers are the barrier between safety and danger, equity and unfairness, order and chaos. If you see something unsafe at your worksite or you have first

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News

Grievance Filed

Grievance Filed on Heat in Buildings After months of discussion with the district about the untenable working conditions during the heat of the summer, we have officially filed a grievance against the district. Read on for the full list of violations and our requested solutions. We were told by Tim Reed that unless buildings are

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Ohio Paraprofessional Named Education Support Professional of the Year

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García: Even in the worst of times, heroes shine through Andrea Beeman, a special education paraprofessional at Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio, has been named the 2020 National Education Association’s Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.  “NEA applauds Andrea and her commitment to helping students succeed in

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JESPA’s Priorities for Bargaining

We met for the first bargaining session of 2020 today, February 13th, and discussed our proposals. Our next session will be March 11th at 4pm-8pm at the Ed Center. Please review our top priorities: Invest in staff to stop shortages. Shortages are causing major issues for the students we serve and the staff we employ.

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Jeffco Paraeducators Meeting Tuesday January 7th

Over November and December, we surveyed Education Support Professionals about SPED conditions. Then, paraeducators, teachers, and parents came together to discuss SPED learning and working conditions. Paraeducators are meeting again to dig into what we identified as top three issues, although there were many. Lack of Staff and Jeffco’s staffing guidelines Inconsistency in SPED Partners

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Join the JESPA Negotiations Team!

Are you interested in using your voice to advance the interests of the collective membership of JESPA? Do you want to advocate for your profession, respect, job security, and better working conditions? Are you ready to stand up for the schools students deserve? We are getting ready to head back to the bargaining table! We

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