Press releases

The latest news from ATPE

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

Voucher bills to be heard by Senate Ed Committee
03/26/2015
Several vouchers are bills are being heard by the Senate Education Committee today. These include Senate Bill 4, SB 276 and SB 642. As the state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) strongly opposes these proposed voucher bills that would take money away from the majority of Texas children served by public education and hand it to private institutions.

ATPE statement regarding Aycock’s Press Conference on Public Ed
03/25/2015
The following is a statement from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Executive Director Gary Godsey on Public Education Committee Chair Aycock's press conference this morning. 

ATPE statement regarding HB4, more funding for Texas pre-k programs
03/24/2015
Today, the House Committee on Public Education unanimously approved HB4, a bill that will provide more state funding for Texas’s pre-k programs.

ATPE statement regarding Senate Bill 149
03/17/2015
The following is a statement from ATPE’s Jennifer Canaday and Monty Exter regarding Senate Bill 149 that intends to help 28,000 high school seniors who have not passed state exams.

ATPE statement regarding Dan Patrick’s press conference
03/03/2015
The following is a statement from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Governmental Relations Director Brock Gregg regarding Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. Larry Taylor’s press conference this morning.

Judge Dietz to address Texas teachers
02/19/2015
“We are excited to have such influential speakers this year,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said.

ATPE's response to Sunset Advisory Commission's decision to dissolve SBEC
12/12/2014
“We strongly disagree with the Commission’s recommendation to transfer SBEC’s powers and duties to the Commissioner of Education. We prefer to see a restructuring of SBEC to create a truly independent board, similar to that of the Texas State Bar. Such a board should reflect the actual makeup of the certified education profession and be chosen by its own members.” — ATPE State President Richard Wiggins

ATPE tips for gifting your child's teacher this holiday
12/10/2014
Showing a teacher appreciation through a holiday gift is a traditional gesture, but what gifts are appropriate and which ones cross the line?

ATPE PSA: Vote for public education
10/14/2014
Early voting starts next week! With more than 100,000 members, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is the state's largest educator group and the voice of public education. Below you'll find a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that encourages Texans to vote pro public education.

Palmer ATPE as Local Unit of the Year
09/19/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce Palmer ATPE as the winner of the 2014 Local Unit of the Year for units with less than 200 members. In recognition of this honor, local unit president Gina Godding was recently presented with a $1,000 check at the 2014 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center.

Educators to host golf tournament supporting literacy
09/19/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation is hosting a four person scramble Golf Tournament to support literacy, technology and educator recruitment and retention initiatives throughout the state.

SBOE votes in favor of teacher quality
09/19/2014
Today the State Board of Education (SBOE) sided with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and voted 12-3 to reject a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule that establishes minimum qualifications for entrance into the teaching profession. Under the rule, educator preparation programs are allowed to admit prospective teachers who have a 2.5 GPA overall or in their last 60 hours of college coursework. ATPE and others have called for SBEC to raise the GPA standard, and today’s SBOE vote will force the certification board to revisit the rule and at least consider increasing the requirement.

Texas School Funding System Declared Unconstitutional
08/28/2014
Today Travis County District Judge John Dietz issued a ruling declaring that the way Texas funds its public schools is unconstitutional. The head of state’s largest educator group called the ruling a victory for the more than 5 million Texas public schoolchildren.

Irving ISD principal awarded $5,000 as Admin. of the Year
08/27/2014
Lamar Middle School’s Assistant Principal Karen McCoskey was recently honored with the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Administrator of the Year award. McCoskey was presented with the award, plus a $5,000 check at the 2014 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center.

Birdville ISD teacher awarded $5,000 as Educator of the Year
08/27/2014
Academy at Thomas Elementary’s music specialist Elizabeth Shier was recently honored with the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Elementary Teacher of the Year award.

La Joya ISD teacher awarded $5,000 as Associate of the Year
08/27/2014
Trevino Middle School’s substitute teacher Hilda Martinez was recently honored with the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Associate of the Year award.

Two Irving ISD educators awarded $5,000 as Educators of the Year
08/26/2014
Two Irving ISD educators were recently honored by the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Educator of the Year Awards.

SAISD employee group withdraws grievance appeal to Commissioner
08/22/2014
Today the San Antonio ISD affiliate of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) withdrew an appeal to the Commissioner of Education to force the district to change one of its most contentious employee policies.


Statewide teacher survey yields insight despite first-year obstacles
08/20/2014
According to a recent poll, 81 percent of Texas teachers surveyed say they strongly agree that their school is a good place to work and learn. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced results of the first Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey today. The survey was launched in April in response to a 2013 bill passed by the Texas Legislature requiring the state to survey teachers and other educators biennially about teaching and learning conditions in their schools.


State’s largest educator association disappointed in SBEC decision to maintain low GPA requirement
08/14/2014
At its meeting on Friday, Aug. 1, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) voted against raising the minimum GPA requirement for entrance into an educator preparation program from 2.5 to 2.75. The board had taken initial action in May to raise the GPA requirement, responding to pressure from the Legislature and a specific request from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). SBEC reversed course last week after some alternative certification programs (ACPs) opposed the higher standard. ATPE was the only group to testify in favor of the proposal.

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