It’s back to school for support professionals

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Every school and college support staffer who belongs to the AFT knows they’re in this line of work for their students, for each other and for their communities.

It stands to reason. They love the work. They are devoted to their students, fighting for resources that will help young people and communities thrive. They have each other’s backs. And they’re sticking with their union, which provides supports like professional development, as well as collective bargaining tools, free lesson plans and sources for books and supplies.

Here’s what some Oregon paraprofessionals and school-related personnel told us as AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, a former PSRP herself, visited their schools.