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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.

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.

State's Largest Educator Group Weighs In on Senate Bill 3, Dan Patrick's Press Conference
01/30/2017
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) staunchly opposes Senate Bill 3, which would funnel public funds to schools that aren’t held accountable in the same manner as public schools for how they perform.

SXSWedu Pairs Up with Local Educator Association for 2017
01/18/2017
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce our partnership with SXSWedu, an annual conference and festival focusing on innovations in learning. ATPE will offer continuing professional education (CPE) credits for educators who attend specific sessions.

Treats Not Tricks: Tips to keep kids safe this Halloween
10/27/2016
Halloween is just days away, and kids throughout Texas will be celebrating in costumes to trick-or-treat. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has these tips to keep students safe this Halloween.

ATPE statement regarding Dan Patrick's conference outlining priorities for public education
10/20/2016


ATPE testifies against vouchers
10/14/2016
ATPE has always opposed vouchers,” ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter said. “They remove money from the already cash-strapped public education system, potentially to the tune of as much as $9 billion a biennium. The majority of research shows vouchers don’t help the students have better educational outcomes.”

Local teacher awarded $5,000 as Elementary Educator of the Year
08/19/2016
Celena Miller, a science lab teacher for Cesar Chavez Elementary, was recently honored with the Elementary Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Educators (ATPE).

Local teacher awarded $5,000 as Secondary Educator of the Year
08/19/2016
Carrie Becker, a technology educator for Lewisville ISD’s Lamar Middle School, was recently honored with the Secondary Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Educators (ATPE).

Irving ISD educator awarded $5,000 as Administrator of the Year
08/19/2016
Gary Schepf, Irving ISD’s coordinator of career and technical education, was recently honored with the Administrator of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Educators (ATPE).

ATPE Tips to Avoid Summer Brain Drain
07/11/2016
Kids across Texas are celebrating the end of another school year, but summer break can have a negative impact on their academic progress. Experts say students can lose three months of knowledge gained from the school year, resulting in “Brain Drain.”

Tips for Teachers When Using Social Media in the Classroom
06/13/2016
“Our number one priority is to keep kids safe. It’s never okay for a teacher to prey on a student,” ATPE Media Relations Specialist Stephanie Jacksis said. “Even one incident is one too many. That’s why our association takes every opportunity presented to educate teachers in the classroom and to prepare teachers before they get in the classroom.”

Texas Supreme Court Declares School Finance 'Constitutional'
05/13/2016
"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has decided the minimum is enough for Texas public school children," ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said.

State’s largest educator association files petition against T-TESS
04/25/2016

The state’s largest educator association will file a petition today with the Texas Commissioner of Education legally challenging his recent adoption of rules creating a new state-recommended teacher appraisal system. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) asserts that Commissioner Mike Morath’s rules for the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) violate state laws and the Texas Constitution and are contrary to public policy.



Four tips to help Texas students succeed on STAAR
03/28/2016
State-mandated testing starts Tuesday, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) wants students to do well.

Social Security fairness measure set for Congressional hearing
03/17/2016
— A powerful congressional committee is slated to look at potential reforms to Social Security next week, including Congressman Kevin Brady’s (R-TX) H.R. 711, known as the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has long supported Congressman Brady’s efforts to improve Social Security benefits for public employees by calling for fairness in how their benefits are calculated.

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