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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. 


I am writing to inform you of changes to the spring 2020 ESP Workshops and House of Delegates schedule. The 2020 ESP workshops scheduled for April 24-25 at the Lancaster Marriott have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency. With many uncertainties, the ESP Board felt it was best to cancel the workshops rather than try to reschedule them.

The ESP Region House of Delegates scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 24 will be postponed. As provided for in its Constitution and Bylaws, the ESP Region House of Delegates shall meet “at least annually in the spring” at a time and place set by the ESP Region Board of Directors. At this upcoming spring House, delegates were to elect the vice-president and officer at large, as well as committee members for the Resolutions Committee, Legislative Committee, and the IPD Council, for terms to start September 1, 2020.

Your Region officers and Board of Directors will work to reschedule the House to a later date so that these elections and other business may be conducted in compliance with the law and with our governing documents.

More information will be sent to local Presidents and registered delegates once we have more finite information.


While continuity in governance is critical, the health of PSEA’s members is paramount. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the rescheduling of the ESP House of Delegates. Stay healthy and safe!

In Solidarity,
Dawn Bandle
ESP Region President

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 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.

ESP Jack Connolly Gettysburg Summer Leadership Conference Scholarship

The PSEA ESP Jack Connolly Gettysburg Scholarship shall be awarded annually to an ESP
member for purposes of attending the PSEA Summer Leadership Conference. Scholarship
awards under the program are to be made on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.

Those eligible to receive the Scholarship include those individuals meeting all of the following
criteria: (DEADLINE Feb. 21, 2020)

1. Those who are ESP members of PSEA in good standing;
2. Those who are new or emerging leaders in a local association. Preference will be given
to new leaders in a newly organized local association, or to those who have never
attended the Conference before;
3. Those who have not received any other scholarship from PSEA to attend the Summer
Leadership conference within the fiscal year for which the Scholarship is being awarded;
4. Those who complete, sign, and submit an application form.

Congratulations to Maria Bennett, PSEA's 2019 ESP of the Year

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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