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Our Vision

ATPE is the preeminent public educator association in Texas and makes a difference in the lives of educators and schoolchildren. In partnership with all stakeholders, we are committed to providing every child an equal opportunity to receive an exemplary public education.

Who We Are

The Association of Texas Professional Educators is a member-owned, member-governed professional association. ATPE is the leading educators’ association in the state and the largest independent association for public school educators in the nation. Access the ATPE State Bylaws online.

ATPE’s message, Supporting Your Freedom to TeachSM, speaks to all educators who work to provide a quality education for our public school students. ATPE’s benefits program provides its members with protection, advocacy and resources, which allows them to focus less on outside-the-classroom influences and more on providing a quality education for our schoolchildren. VideoLearn more about ATPE's protection, advocacy and resources.

More than 5,000 educators across Texas volunteer to serve as ATPE state, regional and local unit leaders. In addition, ATPE employs a full-time staff in its state office located in Austin. Staff members travel throughout the state to provide support and information to local units and volunteer leaders.

How ATPE is different from other educators’ organizations
ATPE’s unique philosophy distinguishes it from all other organizations. As a professional association, ATPE believes it takes everyone working together to improve Texas public schools. This collaborative philosophy is evident in our legislative program and a diverse membership that includes all types of public school employees. We welcome them all to join ATPE.

How we're organized

Recipient of the 2012 TEA Employers for Education Excellence Gold Award