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TILP, Ken. (Dubuque, IA, 1943- ). President, Iowa State Education Association. Tilp, a foreign language teacher in West Des Moines, was elected president of the 30,000 member Iowa State Education Association on May 10, 1986. He served until 1990. Significant progress in addressing lagging Iowa teachers' salaries was achieved during his term of office by the passage in the Iowa Legislature of Phase III, a program in which the starting salary of Iowa teachers was set at $18,000 (senior teachers were given an increase in salary directly from the state (Phase II), and performance evaluation along with additional pay for additional work was instituted (Phase III).

Tilp was a graduate of LORAS COLLEGE where he received a B.A. in classical language. He received an M.A. in 1975 from Northeast Missouri State University. In addition to his presidency of ISEA, Tilp served seven years as a member and president of the board of directors of Youth Emergency Services and Shelter of Iowa (YESS of Iowa), a private agency serving runaways and victims of child abuse.