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Education Support Professionals

Education support professionals - custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, and others - make sure students get the full power of a great education. 

Key Issues

Minimum wage

PSEA strongly supports Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $12 per hour.



Subcontracting occurs when a public employer shifts the delivery of services performed by public employees to private businesses (also called outsourcing). PSEA strongly opposes subcontracting ESP member jobs, and supports local associations fighting subcontracting threats in their school districts.

News & Events

ESP HOD 2021 (Virtual)

April 7-10, 2021
The 2021 Leadership Workshops and ESP House of Delegates theme this year is "Learning From the Past, Building the Future."

Local presidents received a roster packet in the mail that must be submitted to HQ by close of business April 1, 2021 to register local delegates for the ESP Region House.

Next Steps:
All delegates registered by the deadline will receive additional information by email on April 7, 2021.

Members who are interested in being a delegate and/or have questions should contact their local president.

ESP Workshops

Please consider registering for one of the ESP professional development workshops.

Ten different workshops will be held between April 12 and April 29. These workshops are typically held prior to the ESP Region House of Delegates (HOD).  

Since this year’s HOD is virtual, we are providing the workshops to all ESP members.

ESP Region House of Delegates and Training Opportunities 

These virtual professional development workshops will last on average 1.5 hours and cover multiple topics.  

Members can register for just one workshop, or all the workshops. 

Virtual ESP professional development workshop dates:

  • April 12-15, 2021
  • April 20-22, 2021
  • April 28-29, 2021


Protecting pay checks and health care for education support professionals is one of PSEA’s top priorities. As some ESP members face furloughs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more important than ever. 

Rep. Dan Miller is introducing legislation to ensure that ESP members don’t lose pay and health care if their schools close for in-person instruction. 

Contact your state representative today and ask him or her to co-sponsor this important bill.

Here’s what you need to know

  • Rep. Miller is working with PSEA to protect ESP members’ paychecks and health care.
  • ESP members need these important protections in order to provide for their families.
  • ESP members provide essential services to Pennsylvania’s students - preparing meals, driving buses, keeping school buildings clean and safe, and assisting with classroom instruction.

Speak out today

Contact your state representative today and encourage him or her to co-sponsor Rep. Dan Miller’s legislation to protect pay checks and health care for education support professionals.

Congratulations to Heidi Moll, PSEA's 2020 ESP of the Year

ESP and PSEA celebrate 25 years together

Twenty-five years ago, ESP members merged with PSEA, creating a united front in the fight for a stronger public education system.

For the last quarter-century, we’ve worked side-by-side to increase salaries and benefits, improve working conditions, and raise public awareness about the unique and critical role our cafeteria workers, bus drivers, maintenance workers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff play in our public schools.

Get the facts about subcontracting

Preventing subcontracting threats is a priority for PSEA. Get the facts about what's at stake.

Dispatch Newsletter

Read the latest issue of Dispatch, PSEA's newsletter for education support professionals. 


PSEA represents more than 32,000 education support professionals. 

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