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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 releases statement on federal student accountability system
08/09/2012
The following is a statement by Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) President Deann Lee regarding a Texas Education Agency announcement on less than half of Texas schools meeting yearly requirements set by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Corpus Christi principal named Administrator Educator of the Year
07/24/2012
South Park Middle School principal Dr. Sandra Clement was named Administrator Educator of the Year July 16 during the 2012 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet hosted by the Association of Texas Professional Educators at the Austin Convention Center. She was presented with a $1,000 check from ATPE.

Alternative school teacher wins Elementary Educator of the Year Award
07/24/2012
Diane Pokluda, a former teacher at the Crowley Learning Center in the Crowley Independent School District, was recently honored as the Elementary Educator of the Year by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).

Houston area teacher named Secondary Educator of the Year
07/24/2012
Andrea Barnes, a middle school teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, was recently honored as the Secondary Educator of the Year by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). The 23-year education veteran was presented with this honor and a $1,000 check during the 2012 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet July 16 at the Austin Convention Center

Special education assistant named Associate Educator of the Year
07/24/2012
Crystal Parks, a special education teacher’s assistant at Neblett Elementary School in Sherman Independent School District, was named Associate Educator of the Year July 16 during the 2012 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet hosted by the Association of Texas Professional Educators at the Austin Convention Center. She was presented with a $1,000 check from ATPE.

Education conference offers workshops, networking for school teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals
06/14/2012
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) will celebrate public school education and educators at the 2012 ATPE Summit July 14–16 at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin. More than 1,000 educators are expected to attend.

ATPE to honor three education news reporters.
06/07/2012
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) selected Abilene Reporter-News reporter Ethan Fowler, The Brownsville Herald reporter Gary Long and San Antonio Express-News reporter Francisco Vara-Orta to receive an award for excellent public education news coverage. Each education reporter is a 2012 winner of the association’s Alafair Hammett Media Award.

Texas Regional Teacher of the Year Gathering allows educators to share best practices.
05/23/2012
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation will honor some of the best teachers in Texas at its Texas Regional Teacher of the Year Gathering scheduled for June 4-5 at The Westin Austin at the Domain. More than 20 of this year’s Texas Regional Teachers of the Year, including the 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year Stephanie Stoebe of Round Rock ISD and the 2012 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year Karen Morman of McKinney ISD, are planning to attend.

ATPE launches new website featuring information on candidates running for state legislature, state board of education
05/07/2012
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) recently unveiled a new advocacy website. TeachtheVote.org makes it easy for Texas voters to learn where the candidates for state Legislature and the State Board of Education stand on important public education issues.

ATPE featured in Plainview Daily Herald news article, "New ATPE website offers look at SBOE, legislative races"
05/02/2012
The Association of Texas Professional Educators recently unveiled a new advocacy website.TeachtheVote.org makes it easy for Texas voters to learn where the candidates for state Legislature and the State Board of Education stand on important public education issues.

ATPE featured in Dallas Morning News article, "Princeton ISD students break smartphones out into the open"
05/01/2012


http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2012-04-27/education-austin-keeps-lead-status/
04/27/2012
After six months of delays and wrangling, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees on April 23 finally approved its new policy for how it deals with employee issues. The system continues the use of an employee group as the exclusive consultation agent, selected by popular vote of all district employees.

ATPE mentioned in KVUE-TV (Austin ABC News) article, "Documentary draws national spotlight to Texas SBOE"
04/24/2012
ATPE mentioned in KVUE-TV (Austin ABC News) article, "Documentary draws national spotlight to Texas SBOE"

ATPE mentioned in Austin Chronicle story, "AISD approves employee policy"
04/24/2012
After months of delays, changes and unnecessary ugliness, the AISD Board of Trustees has finally revised its policy dealing with employee relations.

TPE Foundation featured in Weatherford Democrat news article, "Curtis receives literacy grant"
04/18/2012
Since she started as the librarian at Curtis Elementary during the summer, Shawna Ford has been doing whatever it takes to revamp the literary resources. From weeding out books and chopping off too-tall shelves, Ford has done her best to turn the library into a modern source of research.


ATPE opposes video cameras in classroom
04/17/2012
A representative for the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) voiced opposition at a Princeton ISD school board meeting Monday night regarding a recent policy that allows students to use cell phone cameras to record teachers during classroom instruction. 

ATPE mentioned in NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth news article, "Teacher group slams Princeton ISD’s recording policy"
04/17/2012
A teacher group is criticizing a Princeton school district policy that allows students to record their classes with cellphones.

ATPE mentioned in WFFA-TV (Dallas ABC News) article, "Collin County students using cell phones as learning aids"
04/17/2012
Forget pencils, pens and note-taking. Some students in the Princeton Independent School District have a new tool for the classroom — and not everyone likes it.


ATPE mentioned in KVUE-TV (Austin ABC News) article, "Public Ed advocates question Perry’s Texas Budget Compact"
04/16/2012
Governor Rick Perry's return to Texas politics began with a familiar boast. "Keeping taxes low is an essential part of what's made Texas the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family," Governor Perry said at a media event Monday in Houston. "And that's not going to change on my watch."


ATPE mentioned in El Paso Times news article, "EPISD to allow process giving workers more voice in policies"
04/11/2012
El Paso Independent School District teachers and hourly employees this June will vote to elect an organization to represent their issues with district administrators.

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