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National Recognition for ESPs Introduced

Congresswoman Dina Titus has sponsored a bill that would provide national recognition for Education Support Professionals. NSEA Executive Director Gary Peck, ESEA President John Carr, ESEA Executive Director Brian Christensen, and ESEA board members joined Congresswoman Titus in front of Las Vegas Academy to introduce the bill.

Below is the news release from Congresswoman Titus's website:

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's First District announced today that she has introduced the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (H.R. 1763). This bipartisan legislation highlights the contributions of classified school employees in supporting the education of public school students and pays tribute to their work by establishing a National Classified School Employees of the Year Award.




"Whether they are in the classroom working alongside teachers, in the lunchroom or infirmary, or driving a bus making sure that students arrive at school on time so they are ready to learn, these classified employees play a vital role in our schools. They should be recognized for the outstanding work that they do," Congresswoman Titus said.

Classified school employees are the bus drivers, secretaries, school nurses, and other support staff who keep schools running to help students learn and enable teachers to teach. Their services vary widely, from establishing and promoting a high-quality instructional environment as paraeducators and library aides to providing other essential services such as transportation, skilled maintenance, food and support services, and health care. The Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act proposes the nomination of nine classified school employees of the year for the Secretary of Education's approval. One award winner will be chosen from each of the following classified staff categories: paraprofessionals, clerical services, custodial and maintenance services, transportation services, food services, skilled trades, health and student services, security services, and technical services.

"Classified school employees work tirelessly to ensure the success of America's students and public schools:" Titus said, "yet too often their contributions go unrecognized. That is why I am so proud to introduce a bill that would officially recognize their contribution to helping students meet the highest educational standards."

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