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ATPE is the voice of more than 100,000 Texas public educators. See how we are making headlines in these recent press releases.

ATPE hosts annual summit in Dallas on July 11-13
07/09/2018
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) will host its annual leadership, education and business conference on July 11-13. More than 1,000 public school employees and ATPE members are expected at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel to attend the annual ATPE Summit.

ATPE statement on Texas governor’s school safety recommendations
05/30/2018
Earlier today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a set of proposals designed to make Texas schools safer. Abbott’s plan was formed after he hosted three successive school safety roundtable discussions in the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18.

ATPE testifies feasibility of bringing ed funding back to a 50/50 balance between state, local funding
03/19/2018
ATPE lobbyist testified at March 19 meeting and provided comment on importance of state funding for public ed, recent trends

ATPE Executive Director Gary G. Godsey Announces Retirement
03/09/2018
Gary G. Godsey, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), has announced his retirement effective August 1, 2018.

Godsey is a lifelong nonprofit leader who has served the organization with distinction for the past five years. ATPE is the largest independent educator organization in the country, and under Godsey’s watch, has modernized business practices and has been a dedicated advocate for the educators and public-school students of Texas.

Prior to joining ATPE, Godsey spent 35 years in key local, state, and national roles with the United Way and other organizations and served on numerous boards.

He will continue to lend his expertise to nonprofits in a consulting role, both here in Texas and around the country.  

ATPE weighs in on Texas Attorney General’s opinion on school district activities meant to encourage voting by employees, students
01/17/2018
Earlier today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a non-binding opinion (KP-0177) at the request of Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) regarding school district activities meant to encourage voting by school employees and eligible students. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) was one of several groups that weighed in on the request through correspondence with the Opinion Committee, which Paxton invited from interested stakeholders. Below is a statement on behalf of ATPE regarding the attorney general’s opinion.

H-E-B teacher awarded $5,000 as Educator of the Year
07/25/2017
Christopher Adams, a fifth-grade teacher from Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, was recently honored with the Elementary Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Adams was presented with the award, plus a $5,000 check, at the 2017 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center on July 11.

Mesquite ISD Superintendent named ATPE Administrator of the Year
07/25/2017
Dr. David Vroonland, Mesquite ISD superintendent, was recently honored with the 2017 Administrator of the Year Award from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Vroonland was presented with the award at the 2017 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center on July 11.

ATPE weighs in on expanded special session call
07/20/2017
ATPE weighs in on expanded special session call

Call for Special Session Raises Concerns Among Educators
06/09/2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his plans for a special legislative session that would begin July 18. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is concerned that several education-related issues on the governor’s agenda could hurt Texas public schools, despite the governor’s support for raising teacher pay.



Texas Governor Calls for Special Session Attacking Teachers
06/06/2017
Rumors of a special session were put to rest today after Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement in his press conference. Abbott stated that anti-teacher payroll deduction legislation would be included in the special session call. The state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), is urging legislators to oppose this shameful attack on public school employees.

ATPE’s tips for thanking your child’s teacher at the end of the year
05/26/2017

The end of the school year is a great time to say "thank you" to your child’s teacher. Parents may wonder what gifts are appropriate. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) shares these guidelines for giving your child’s teacher a gift



Senate passes its voucher-heavy version of HB 21
05/22/2017

ATPE opposes vouchers, urges House to make public schools priority



Senate jeopardizes school funding for kids over failed voucher plan
05/11/2017


ATPE partners with Papa John’s to thank educators this week
05/03/2017


Senate Education Committee Votes to Approve Voucher Bill
03/23/2017
ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter testified in opposition to the bill Tuesday, telling senators that voucher programs won’t help the majority of disadvantaged students in Texas and will actually leave them behind.

Senate Ed. Committee to hear Patrick’s Voucher Bills Tuesday
03/18/2017
“As the state’s largest educator association, we will do everything in our power to oppose Senate Bill 3,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. “Why would anyone want to redirect taxpayer dollars to private schools and homeschools, which aren’t held to the same accountability standards as public schools? Voucher bills allow private schools to take taxpayer money and still deny admission to students. Let’s focus our time and energy on improving the only system that supports all kids, regardless of their race, religion, or zip code—the public school system.”

Hundreds of Texas Teachers Head to the Capitol
03/02/2017
“Attending ATPE at the Capitol is a great way for Texas educators to learn more about public education’s new leadership and funding challenges,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. “Here they’ll have the opportunity to connect with their elected officials and tell lawmakers about the needs of Texas students and teachers.”

Anti-Teacher Bill to be Heard on Monday
02/09/2017
“These bills single out teachers by taking away their rights, while protecting the dues-deduction rights of other public employees, such as firefighters, EMS workers, and police officers,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. “The legislators supporting these bills are trying to shut teachers up, and we won’t stand for it. How teachers spend their paycheck should be their decision and theirs alone".

State’s Largest Educator Group Weighs In on DeVos’s Confirmation
02/08/2017
With a 51-to-50 vote, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today. This was an historic event, as Vice President Mike Pence made the tiebreaking vote. The state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), offered its reaction to DeVos’s newly acquired position as education secretary.

ATPE Weighs In on State of the State
01/31/2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed some key public education issues in his State of the State address today. The state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), offered its reaction to the priorities outlined by the governor. While ATPE appreciates the governor’s interest in solving some problems facing Texas, the organization also has a few concerns with Abbott’s stated goals, which included enabling private school vouchers and limiting payroll deduction for teachers.

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