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Don't Forget to Register for Summit!

You don't want to miss one of ATPE's most popular events! Tell your local unit president that you want to attend the 2015 ATPE Summit!

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Be a Leader in Your Hallway

We teachers are already planning lessons and units for next year. Yep, that’s true. Some of us started after Christmas break and some after spring break, but we have, at the very least, jotted down an outline of some kind with enthusiastic ideas and details about subjects we are not even certain we will be teaching.

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Thoughts on Retirement

After 30 years as an educator, in 2002, I retired from teaching in Texas. I taught high school English and coached eight to ten University Interscholastic League events, getting up at 5:30 a.m. to travel to practice competitions on my weekends (often getting home around midnight)—it was hard to keep up.

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Planning a Vacation This Summer? Don’t Forget to Take Advantage of Your ATPE discounts

ATPE members have access to discounts on hotels, car rentals, theme parks, vacations, and cruises. When you plan for your summer vacation, make sure you explore all the savings and benefits that come with your ATPE membership.

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My Afternoon with the ATPE Lobby Team

I have always had an interest in what the ATPE lobby team does, especially during legislative sessions. However, in 2009, what was going on in the Texas legislature became personal for me. Why? Because my stepdaughter and nephew were likely going to be directly impacted by legislation surrounding the STAAR and end-of-course exams (EOCs) for high school students.

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Early College High School Designations Announced

The TEA recently announced that 44 new schools have been granted early college high school status for the 2015-16 school year.

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Guest Post: Saving Students in Low-Performing Schools

The 84th Texas Legislature has been in session for a few months now, and once again the mantra regarding “school choice” is being chanted throughout the Capitol halls: “We have a moral responsibility to rescue students in low-performing schools.”

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Guest Post: Organizing Your Week

Read teacher and professional organizer Allison Venuto’s tips for making your workweek more effective.

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Spring Committee Meetings Are Approaching

The 2014-15 ATPE committee meetings are right around the corner! We are gathering Saturday, April 25, at the Austin Marriott South.

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Guest Post: 14 vs 86—Are Texas Public Schools Failing?

The Senate Education Committee recently invited testimony from former US Senator Phil Gramm in favor of vouchers. Gramm said, “I am worried about an education system that doesn’t work. We know our system of public education is failing.”

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