Save the date for this year’s pub crawl.  This is an annual APT fundraising event but any PASS member may participate too.

Proceeds go to the United Way.

Date: October 14th

Location: Downtown Plainfield

 Please email Janet Grimes at penguinmama080@gmail.com to RSVP by noon this Friday.







Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

Hurricane Harvey: How To Help

Our union is coming together to help the thousands of NEA members affected by the most extreme rain event in the nation’s history.


What Does the Public Want for Education?

Hint: It’s not private school vouchers or more testing.

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

How one community school is building the foundation for student success.

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Is there a 'Burnout Contagion' in Your School?

Is There a ‘Burnout Contagion’ in Your School?

A school-wide burnout culture is taking a toll on early career educators.

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The Rewards of Common-Sense Organizing

The Rewards of Common-Sense Organizing

Find out how one ESP local started the year at almost 100% membership.

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Get Animated, Literally

Get Animated, Literally

Five ways Bitmoji can enliven your professional life and classroom.

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When the Food Runs Out

When the Food Runs Out

Students across the country are carrying the hardship of hunger into the classroom.

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Lesson Planner: Resources for Teaching about the Ideas Behind the Constitution

Works4Me: Ideas and Tips By Teachers, For Teachers

Setting High Expectations and Believing in Students

Teaching hard-to-reach students — especially in the higher grades — can be daunting, but this very thoughtful tip may help you recognize their potential and uniqueness and help them see it, too.


Just wanted to remind any of you that are interested that the IEA One Conference is coming up on Oct. 20th and 21st. If you are interested in going please contact Juanita Samms at jsammspass202@gmail.com to let her know so she can register you for this. We have 20 going so far and can take as many as want to go. The conference starts at 4pm on Friday and concludes Saturday afternoon. Hope to see a few more of you there.



Just wanted to make you all aware of the big data breach of Equifax that was announced on the news yesterday. 143 million people’s information was stolen from their website including names, birthdates, social security numbers and possibly some driver’s license number and credit card numbers. We are suggesting you at least go to this website to check to see if your data was impacted: http://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

The latest reports say you should check, even if you haven’t visited their site, as any company you have applied to for credit or a loan will have checked your credit on their site and that info would have been posted to your consumer page just in case you ever wanted to check your credit report. They are offering FREE one year identity theft and credit monitoring to let you know if anyone were to try to use your data. Just follow the instructions on the website to see if you are affected.


IEA News You Can Use

Aug. 29, 2017


Government Relations

This week the House and Senate passed school funding formula legislation that was both productive and counterproductive. After so much focus on SB 1, sponsored by Senator Andy Manar and Representative Will Davis, it was ultimately a compromise bill that became the school funding bill. IEA supported the SB 1 version of the bill.

Over the weekend, the legislative leaders and the governor developed a compromise bill, SB 1947, which included most of the original provisions of SB 1, but included proposals we have fought against over the past few legislative sessions. IEA opposed the bill. More specifically, the proposal creates:

  • A tax credit created to incentivize donations for private school scholarships. Individuals would receive a 75 percent tax credit for each dollar donated. The voucher plan awards $75 million in scholarships. The plan would operate as a pilot for five years, then sunset.
  • Allows school districts to reduce daily P.E. to not less than three days a week. Individual students in grades 7-10 will be able to seek an exemption from P.E. if they are involved in athletics.
  • Allows school districts to use a third party to provide drivers’ education without going through the waiver process.

Other notable changes:

  • Keeps the minimum funding level at $350 million, but allows up to $50 million in property tax swap funds to count toward this amount in tandem with evidence-based model funding.
  • Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) normal pension costs will be moved out of the education formula and into the pension code.
  • Allows property tax reduction by referendum if 10 percent of registered voters sign a petition. The school districts’ educational tax levy can be reduced by up to 10 percent if the district is above 110 percent adequacy.

The measure was passed with necessary votes, 73 in the House and 38 in the Senate. The governor is expected to sign the bill.

The IEA will be working to educate communities and families on how to minimize the negative impact these provisions could have on their communities.