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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.

Educator group files brief to support teacher rights in Dallas
08/05/2014
The state’s largest educator group filed a brief in Dallas County District Court, Monday, Aug. 4, in an effort to protect the contract rights of all Texas educators. The action by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) stems from a case involving a Dallas ISD employee who was involuntarily placed on the district’s “excess” employee list. Her placement on that list was later used as a reason not to renew the teacher’s contract.


State’s largest educator group applauds Commissioner Williams’ decision to seek extension of NCLB waiver and evaluation pilot
07/23/2014
For several months, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has been fighting to prevent the hasty implementation of a new state teacher evaluation system that has not yet been piloted and perfected. The evaluation changes were mandated by the U.S. Department of Education as a condition for receiving a waiver of federal school accountability requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has written to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, seeking an extension of the state’s waiver and requesting an additional year for pilot studies of the new evaluation system before it must be implemented statewide.

ATPE applauds commissioner appointing board of managers
07/15/2014
The following is a brief statement from the president of the Beaumont local unit of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) regarding Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams’ decision to appoint a board of managers for Beaumont ISD.

Texas gubernatorial candidates to roll out education platforms Thursday
07/08/2014
Three candidates for governor and lieutenant governor will address more than 900 public school employees about important education issues Thursday, July 10, at the Austin Convention Center during the annual conference of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the 2014 ATPE Summit. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, and Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, have all confirmed that they will be attending.

ATPE hires new communications director
07/02/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is pleased to announce and welcome Elaine Acker as the association’s Communications Director. Acker will supervise a talented team of writers, designers and multi-media production artists as they support ATPE’s mission to serve as a powerful voice for Texas educators.

Judge rules against Beaumont ISD
06/20/2014
The following is a statement from the Beaumont president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) regarding Judge Stephen Yelenosky’s decision to deny Beaumont ISD a temporary restraining order against the Texas Education Agency.

Four Texas universities top-ranked for teacher preparation programs
06/18/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) congratulates Dallas Baptist University for being named the country’s top-ranked program for preparation of elementary school teachers by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

Beaumont ATPE applauds TEA ruling
06/16/2014
The following is a brief statement from the Beaumont president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) regarding today’s ruling by the Texas Education Agency. In addition to upholding the commissioner’s decision to lower the district’s accreditation, the hearing officer also supported the decision to elevate the current TEA-appointed monitor to conservator.

Education quality to suffer in BISD as district announces more than 200 layoffs
06/09/2014
Although disappointment regarding the mismanagement and criminal activity that led to the current Beaumont ISD crisis should certainly be expressed, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is first and foremost concerned for the students who will end up paying the ultimate price thanks to the district’s recent decision to cut more than 200 positions.

Local journalist wins Alafair Hammett Media Award
06/06/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) recently selected the Houston Chronicle’s education reporter Jennifer Radcliffe to receive an award for her excellent public education news coverage.

Local journalist first two-time Alafair Hammett Media Award winner
06/06/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) selected the Brownsville Herald’s education reporter Gary Long to receive its award for his excellent public education news coverage.

Local journalist wins Alafair Hammett Media Award
06/06/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) recently selected the Waco Tribune-Herald’s Hollie O’Connor to receive an award for her excellent news coverage on public education.

State’s largest teacher group appalled by 300 potential layoffs
05/30/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is urging Beaumont ISD trustees to stop wasting the district’s resources on legal fees and fighting the Texas Education Commissioner’s decision to appoint a board of managers. The organization is usually a strong supporter of local control, however, in this case ATPE supports the Texas Education Agency (TEA) getting involved.

Birdville ISD teacher finalist for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that Academy at Thomas Elementary’s music specialist Elizabeth Shier is one of three finalists for ATPE’s Elementary Teacher of the Year award.

Two La Joya ISD educators finalists for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that two La Joya ISD employees are finalists for one of five ATPE Educator of the Year awards.

Round Rock ISD teacher finalist for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that Hernandez Middle School’s Reading Specialist Stephanie Stoebe is one of three finalists for ATPE’s Secondary Teacher of the Year award.

Three Irving ISD educators finalists for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that three Irving ISD employees are finalists for ATPE Educator of the Year awards.

Two Fort Worth ISD educators finalists for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that two Fort Worth ISD employees are finalists for ATPE’s Educator of the Year awards. 

Jasper ISD teacher finalist for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that Parnell Elementary’s third grade teacher Rebecca Dougharty is one of three finalists for ATPE’s Elementary Educator of the Year award.

Two Denton ISD educators finalists for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that two Denton ISD employees are finalists ATPE’s Educator of the Year awards. 

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