In January 2001, the ATPE Board of Directors first formally adopted the 10 official ATPE
tenets, which were then presented to the House of Delegates. The board reviewed and reaffirmed these tenets in 2011, making a few revisions to reflect the dynamic Texas public school environment. These overall principles have guided ATPE
since its inception and will guide the association to future success.
ATPE members are committed to making positive contributions to the education profession and the
lives of students by:
• Maintaining personal and professional dignity by respecting and obeying the law, demonstrating
personal integrity, and exemplifying honesty and ethical behavior; and
• Assuming the responsibilities for professional teaching practices and performance.
ATPE members guide the Association through their elected local, region and Board of Directors
representatives and by participation at the annual House of Delegates.
Right to Work/Oppose Strikes
ATPE members believe:
• Educators have the right to teach without being forced to join any particular organization;
• Strikes or work stoppages are detrimental to children, the community and the profession.
Superior Services to Members
ATPE members believe their Association should provide superior services and benefits to its
members through a dedicated professional staff.
ATPE members believe all members of the public education community (including teachers,
administrators, paraprofessionals, retirees, teacher trainees, college students and the public)
should be invited to join ATPE.
ATPE members believe they have an obligation to be effective, proactive leaders in the field of
education while representing themselves and their profession.
ATPE members believe in working with others to advocate positive solutions to education issues
facing public education today.
ATPE members determine and advocate a platform of education issues in accordance with ATPE
philosophy in a proactive, professional manner.
ATPE members believe ATPE should maintain its autonomy while collaborating with other groups
throughout Texas and the nation.
Local Control of Public Schools
ATPE members support local public control of the local public school system through the
elections of school board members and involvement of local community members.