Showdown at the IEA RA


More than 1200 IEA members had ringside seats for the first round in what promises to be a brutal fight over who will be the next governor of Illinois. Every Chicago TV news operation was on hand at the IEA Representative Assembly on Friday ... Read more

Apply to the Learning Standards Initiative

IEA is excited to announce the Learning Standards Initiative - Apply online by Monday, April 14

IEA wants to help our colleagues gain confidence and provide support in the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards (also known as Common Core State Standards). The IEA/Learning Standards Initiative (LSI) will provide training, resources ... Read more

IEA members lobby in Springfield


IEA members came to the State Capitol in Springfield today to lobby their state senators and representatives to urge their support for our campaign to build A Better Illinois - a state where those with lower incomes pay lower rates, and those with ... Read more

IEA opposing attack on IMRF benefits


A proposal that would eliminate inflation protection for participants in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) is strongly opposed by IEA and other unions representing public employees. Amendment #1 to House Bill 3898, sponsored by ... Read more

SCORE grant recipient’s students say “Thanks!”


Marissa Kall from Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Glenview was able to purchase new stringed instruments for students who couldn't afford rental fees because she applied for and was given a $1,000 SCORE grant. This was the first year for the ... Read more

Notice: Proposed Bylaw Amendments


Five amendments to the IEA bylaws have been proposed for consideration at the 2014 IEA-RA in Chicago on April 10-12. For more information and the exact language being proposed, please follow this link to the Members Only website. You may also contact ... Read more

Committee Appointment Procedure


It is time again to begin the process of appointing committee and task force members for the next year. Below is the procedure, we will follow in recommending committee appointments: Each of you is requested to make recommendations for committee ... Read more

NEA Foundation awards three grants to Illinois educators


The NEA Foundation has awarded three grants to Illinois educators valued at a combined $9,000 that will be used to promote lifelong wellness, provide professional development to writing teachers and to introduce a Lego-based problem solving course to ... Read more

IEA recommends Sen. Kirk Dillard in Republican primary


Saying this year’s election is too important to remain on the sidelines, Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Cinda Klickna today announced that IEA is recommending state Sen. Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for ... Read more

Bloomington-Normal celebrates Seuss in a big way!


McLean County educators have partnered with community organizations for a week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America that helped spread the message of literacy and a love of reading countywide. A grant from the National Education ... Read more

IEA-Retired Spring Conference

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April 26, 2014 Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Chicago - Oakbrook Oak Brook, Illinois The IEA-Retired Council and the Conference Planning Committee invite you to attend the 17th Annual IEA-Retired Professional Conference on Saturday, April 26, ... Read more

Pre-K-12 input needed on large-scale assessments by Feb. 21


IEA is inviting all pre K-12 members to take a moment to fill out a survey that will help the Illinois P-20 Council better understand the use, value and challenges of current large-scale assessments. Here is a link to the survey: ... Read more

Union coalition files lawsuit to overturn pension-slashing SB1


We Are One Illinois Coalition files suit to overturn “pension theft” law The union coalition We Are One Illinois and a group of active and retired public employees filed suit today in Sangamon County Circuit Court to overturn pension-slashing Senate ... Read more

Received an anti-union letter? Return to sender!


There’s an old joke about a man receiving a diagnosis from his psychiatrist: “I've got good news. You’re not paranoid. Someone really is out to get you!” No, this isn’t another column about Bruce (I love teachers, I hate their advocacy) ... Read more

What it would really mean if ISBE lifted the 70/30 special ed classroom split

Tales from the Front Lines

In September of my second year teaching, I had a three-year review for a student. It actually was wonderful timing due to having a few weeks to get to know the student and to get a feel for what needed to be done. In prepping for the meeting, I had a ... Read more

ISBE plan to change classroom ratios “dead”


This week's Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) meeting will not include a discussion of a proposal to remove class size protections for student with disabilities. UPDATE: According to ISBE's Chair, the proposal is "dead." “We’re not going ... Read more

2014 Teacher of the Year


A second grade teacher from Sandwich surprised no one more than herself and coworkers when she found out she was the ISBE 2014 Teacher of the Year. But there's little question why. Pam Reilly is a natural born teacher who loves her students, has ... Read more

Get free Common Core resources


The NEA/Better Lesson master teacher program offers free Common Core-aligned lessons created by over 130 master teachers. This is a brand new, free resource from the BetterLesson team featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons created ... Read more

IEA, IRTA pledge pension suit cooperation


A letter released Monday by the presidents of the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) restates the commitment of both organizations to fighting the unfair and unconstitutional pension-cutting law, ... Read more

IEA president responds to Rauner’s outrageous comments


January 9, 2014 – Springfield, IL – Billionaire gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner made inflammatory allegations today, accusing Illinois working families of bribing politicians. Rauner, who has made pay-to-play donations to politicians across ... Read more