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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.

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. 

Corpus Christi ISD teacher finalist for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that Corpus Christi ISD’s Cesaria Germain, senior executive administrative assistant to the assistant superintendent, is one of three finalists for ATPE’s Associate Educator of the Year award.

Corsicana ISD principal finalist for $5,000 award
05/23/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce that Carroll Elementary’s Principal Cynthia Woody is one of two finalists for ATPE’s Administrator of the Year award. 

State’s largest educator group rebrands, unveils new website
05/15/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is recommitting to supporting 21st century Texas educators. The organization recently rolled out a new brand that includes a reworked logo, an all-new website and a tagline its leaders feel better reflects the group’s mission: Your Ally. Your Voice.™

Low response rate to teacher survey in San Antonio
05/08/2014
TELL Texas, the first statewide survey of educators ever mandated by the Texas Legislature, opened last month, but many San Antonio teachers have not participated. The survey gives educators an opportunity to weigh in on important issues on their campuses. Some members of the state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), reported that their school principals have yet to distribute the survey packets.

State’s largest educator group challenges SAISD policy
05/08/2014
San Antonio ISD trustees are set to hear a grievance Monday that could change how SAISD consults with employees on salaries, benefits and working conditions. The grievance, filed by the SAISD chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), challenges a 32 year old injunction which prohibits the district from making changes to its employee consultation policy.

ATPE thanks local teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week
05/07/2014
Today, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) thanked local teachers for their dedication to educating Texas’ students. As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the association provided free 15-minute chair massages for all staff members and faculty at Harris Elementary, a school that ATPE staff members “adopted” nine years ago.

New proposed teacher evaluation system raises concerns
05/06/2014
The state’s largest educator association has concerns about plans for a new teacher evaluation system recently announced by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Under the new plan, a small percentage of teachers—those who teach certain subjects and grades for which there are state standardized tests—would be evaluated in part using student test scores. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) worries about raising the stakes of high-pressure student testing and potentially alienating teachers.

Parents wanted: The best gift for Teacher Appreciation Week
05/02/2014
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5–9, and National Teacher’s Day falls on May 6. These are special days to honor our educators and recognize their dedication to teaching children. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) would like to encourage parents and students to ‘Thank a Teacher’ this Teacher Appreciation Week.

Academy at West Birdville wins $1,500 ATPE Foundation literacy grant
04/28/2014
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation would like to recognize Academy at West Birdville for winning a $1,500 literacy grant.

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