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l nk UNION Connecting you to your union, because together we are stronger. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 Classroom Assistant Jenny Garza s Celebrate PSRPs Every Day ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF NOVEMBER, ILLINOIS CELEBRATED PSRP DAY, an annual day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the invaluable contributions of paraprofessionals and school-related personnel who support student learning, health and safety in preK-12 schools and higher education institutions across Illinois. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 THIS NOVEMBER WE CELEBRATE and inadequate resources to provide a highTHE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERquality education for every child in a safe, ICAN EDUCATION WEEK, the anhealthy school building. At a time when we nual week dedicated to celebrating public should be lifting up our students to meet the schools and recognizing the outstanding challenges of tomorrow, we are stacking the efforts of the teachers and professional supodds against them more than ever before. In port staff who dedicate the spirit of American Edutheir lives to our improvcation Week, we must find The American Jobs Act ing the future of our chila solution to this crisis now. Makes dren and our nation. President Obama has said our But in states around the National Priority he believes that the path to nation, including here in a brighter future is through Illinois, lawmakers are education. “Every kid deslashing education funding, laying off thouserves a great school – and we can give it to sands of teachers and other workers, and them,” he said. That’s why he proposed the cutting programs that provide support to American Jobs Act, a bold initiative to put students and the neediest members of our Americans back to work, put teachers and communities. The result? Fewer jobs to staff back in our school buildings, strengthen support families, reduced public services struggling communities and repair crumto build and sustain strong communities bling schools. Education 4 Student Challenge Enter IFT’s Student Marketing Challenge today 5 IFT Interview Series A conversation with anti-bullying speaker Gabrielle Ford 7 CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Scholarship Winner IFT Carl J. Megel Scholarship winner announced

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