Bill of Rights

Everyone who works in public education deserves the same things. Respect for their contribution to the care and education of our students. Fair compensation for their work, including affordable health care. Safe working conditions.

Unfortunately, most education support professionals (ESPs) don’t get enough of any of those.

All ESPs deserve pay and benefits to sustain a family, safe work environments and voice and respect on the job.

Education Minnesota has drafted an ESP Bill of Rights to build up and support education support professionals throughout Minnesota. The Bill of Rights includes proposals considered in the 2019 legislative session and items we will be working on in future sessions:

Pay and benefits to sustain families

  • Require school districts and charter schools to pay their ESPs at least $15 an hour.
  • Help educators and their families get quality, affordable health care by allowing any Minnesotan to buy into MinnesotaCare and ensure those who buy health insurance on the individual market spend no more than 10 percent of their income on health care.
  • Provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers through a payroll deduction and employer tax. No one should have to make the choice between losing a paycheck or caring for a new child, themselves, or an aging loved one.

Safe work environments

  • Fund 16 hours of mandatory training for paraprofessionals who directly work with students before students report every fall.
  • Expand state law so that educators who are assigned to work directly with students with histories of violent behavior are properly briefed; current law only requires notifying teachers.

Voice and respect on the job

  • Establish reporting and transparency requirements to identify issues of concern for ESPs on the worksite. This could include staffing levels, pay scale, safety, fair scheduling, etc.
  • Ensure ESPs have a voice in their local school district’s policies and decisions by requiring representation on district committees. (Demand at the bargaining table)

What can you do?

Sign our petition below to support efforts to give ESPs the living and working conditions they deserve!