ATPE House of Delegates

How decisions about ATPE’s future are made

The ATPE House of Delegates (HOD) is the association’s highest policy-making and governing body. It convenes annually at the ATPE Summit in Austin. Delegates are selected by their fellow local unit members through a process guided by the ATPE State Bylaws. Contact your local unit president for more information about becoming a delegate.
 
The HOD:
  • Elects state officers.
  • Approves changes to the ATPE State Bylaws.
  • Establishes operational policies based on standing and current resolutions.
  • Creates the ATPE Legislative Program.
Candidates for ATPE state officer roles (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) are officially nominated during the HOD meeting and enjoy the opportunity to address delegates at that time. An election is held during the HOD meeting, and results are announced later in the proceedings. Members on the Nomination/Election Committee oversee election proceedings. Information for members contemplating a bid for state office is publicized in print and electronic communications distributed throughout the year.
The ATPE State Bylaws are the official rules and definitions governing the association’s operations. Any member may propose an amendment to a bylaw. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Bylaws Committee no later than March 15 in the year preceding the HOD meeting. This deadline will be published in ATPE News and posted here at atpe.org.
 
The Bylaws Committee meets to review and make recommendations on all proposed amendments. The committee then presents a report to the ATPE Board of Directors. Following the board presentation, the report becomes an official part of the HOD business. Any voting delegate may speak for or against a proposed bylaws amendment during these proceedings. Delegates cast votes on each proposed change. More information may be found in the complete ATPE State Bylaws.
As a member-owned and member-governed association, ATPE takes special pride in allowing our members to drive both near and long-term agendas and priorities. These directives normally take the form of resolutions adopted during the annual HOD meeting. The HOD considers four types of resolutions: 
  • Honorary resolutions are adopted to recognize or honor supporters of ATPE and public schools.
  • Standing resolutions are in effect until the HOD chooses to amend or delete them. Once adopted, standing resolutions are included in an addendum to the ATPE State Bylaws.
  • Current resolutions expire after one year unless renewed by the HOD.
  • Prefiled resolutions are proposed by a prescribed deadline during the HOD meeting.
 
Any ATPE member may propose a resolution or amendment to an existing resolution. Proposed resolutions or amendments submitted to the ATPE Resolutions Committee by March 15 of each year are considered during the next HOD meeting. You’ll find reminders of this deadline in ATPE News. Deadline information is also posted here at atpe.org.
 
Each year, the Resolutions Committee meets to review and make recommendations on each resolution and amendment proposal. The Resolutions Committee presents its report to the HOD, which considers the report as part of the annual HOD business. Delegates debate and vote on each proposed resolution and amendment. Once adopted, a resolution or amendment becomes a matter of record to be communicated to the general membership through ATPE publications, training sessions and here at atpe.org.

 Read the House of Delegates standing resolutions here.
The ATPE Legislative Program brings voice and action to the organization’s legislative priorities and advocacy efforts. The member-written-and-approved compilation of position statements details the agenda we seek to communicate to the state legislators, state boards and agency personnel, and federal decision-makers and lawmakers who govern relevant law and policy.
 
Each year, the ATPE president and Board of Directors appoint 20 members to serve staggered two-year terms on the Legislative Committee. This committee convenes each spring (usually in April) to review the previous year’s legislative program and evaluate the evolving nature and relevance of each officially adopted position. Committee members use member input gathered by the ATPE Governmental Relations staff to help guide their evaluations, giving any and all members a voice to be heard at the highest organizational levels. Any member may also propose new positions and amendments for consideration by delegates during the HOD meeting.
 
Read more about the ATPE Legislative Program.




Questions? Send us a message or call the ATPE state office at (800) 777-2873.