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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

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.

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.

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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