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ATPE staff members and educator members are frequently highlighted in the news. Check out these news articles to find out more.

Special session will be more bad news for teachers and public schools 
ATPE supports increased pay, but without appropriations for school districts that will be forced to accommodate this, it’s hard to see the governor’s proposal as anything other than an unfunded mandate intended to soften the blow of other unnecessary anti-teacher and anti-public education legislation on the special session call.
 
(Texas Tribune © 06/21/2017) 

Joe Straus Likens Gov. Abbott’s Special Session Menu to Horse Poo 
Abbott also seeks to green light a bill, which passed the Senate but died in the House during the 85th Legislature, that would prevent government agencies from deducting union dues from public employees' paychecks, something that organizations like the Association of Texas Professional Educators call shamefully "anti-teacher."
 
(San Antonio Current © 06/16/2017) 

School’s out, but special session likely to study public education 
But said Julleen Bottoms, a Corsicana teacher who is president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, “if you are going to send our money to private schools, let’s hold them accountable, just like we do public schools.”
 
(Athens Review © 06/14/2017) 

Special session to look into education 
Association of Texas Professional Educators lobbyist Mark Wiggins said during the regular session, the proposed bills were put forth as anti-public education and anti-teacher legislation.
 
(KLBJ Radio © 06/11/2017) 

Special session will be more bad news for teachers and public schools 
ATPE supports increased pay, but without appropriations for school districts that will be forced to accommodate this, it’s hard to see the governor’s proposal as anything other than an unfunded mandate intended to soften the blow of other unnecessary anti-teacher and anti-public education legislation on the special session call. 
(Texas Tribune © 06/21/2017

Schools And Cities Cry Foul Over Abbott's Special Session Agenda 
Teacher’s groups like the Association of Texas Professional Educators also oppose the measure and label it an unfunded
 
(Texas Public Radio © 06/07/2017) 

School groups wary of Abbott’s revival of vouchers
School groups wary of Abbott’s revival of vouchers, ban on payroll deductions and talk of teacher raises "This bill continues to be marketed under false pretenses and is nothing more than a slap in the face to teachers," said Association of Texas Professional Educators lobbyist Mark Wiggins.
 
(Dallas Morning News © 06/07/2017) 

Abbott Outlines Education Priorities in Special Session Agenda 
"We should be raising standards, and we should be expecting the most out of our teachers and our students," said Kate Kuhlmann, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(Spectrum News © 06/06/2017) 

Texas Governor Calls for Special Session Attacking Teachers 
ATPE's press release, concerns with upcoming special session, emphasizing priorities attack teachers and public schools
 
(Public Now © 06/06/2017)

OVER $750,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO FHS GRADUATES 
Association of Texas Professional Educators for $1,500: Jacob Allred, Gracie Awalt, Owen Awalt, Nathan Davis, Kara Doyle, Colton Harkcom, Garrett Johnson, Kyle Kirgan, Clair Partain, Da’Meka Shed, Mikaela Stamper, and Abby Teer
 
(Freestone County Times Online © 05/25/2017) 

West Virginia Senate passes amended tax bill 
School groups agree because providing single-stall facilities for students seeking bathroom-related accommodations is something school districts “would do anyway”, so the amendment doesn’t make a “significant change” on that front, said Jennifer Canaday, governmental relations director for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(Christian News Today © 05/25/2017) 

How bad is the “Patrick Lite” bathroom bill? 
School groups agree because providing single-stall facilities for students seeking bathroom-related accommodations is something school districts “would do anyway,” so the amendment doesn’t make a “significant change” on that front, said Jennifer Canaday, governmental relations director for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(Off The Kuff © 05/24/2017) 

'Bathroom bill' compromise in doubt; College Station says policies comply 
" on that front, said Jennifer Canaday, governmental relations director for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(The Eagle © 05/24/2017) 

School Groups Say Texas House Bathroom Amendment Open To Interpretations 
” on that front, said Jennifer Canaday, governmental relations director for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. When it comes
 
(Kera News © 05/23/2017). 

School Groups Say Texas House Bathroom Amendment Open To Interpretations 
School groups agree because providing single-stall facilities for students seeking bathroom-related accommodations is something school districts “would do anyway,” so the amendment doesn’t make a “significant change” on that front, said Jennifer Canaday, ATPE Gov. Relations Director.
 
(Star-Telegam © 05/23/2017) 

Parents disagree over special needs addition to school funding bill 
"This is going to end up being a coupon to people who are really already going to send their kids there," says Mark Wiggins, ATPE lobbyist.
 
(News 4 San Antonio © 05/22/2017) 

House "bathroom bill" won't keep transgender students out of restrooms, school groups say 
as they have been handling them." Monty Exter, lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, agreed the bill does not
 
(Dallas News © 05/22/2017) 

ATPE's Monty Exter goes toe-to-toe with Emily Sass, Policy Analyst with the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom, debating HB 21 and vouchers 
(Spectrum News © 05/22/2017) 

North Lamar seniors receive ATPE scholarships 
Ty Rast and Jordan Walters, both seniors at North Lamar High School, recently received scholarships from the North Lamar Chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(The Paris News © 05/13/2017)

School choice’ change to finance bill begins high stakes negotiations 
“Was it a surprise that the Senate is trying to trade School Finance for school vouchers? No,” said Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(KXAN-TV © 05/15/2017) 

NL Seniors Receive ATPE Scholarships 
Ty Rast and Jordan Walters, both seniors at North Lamar High School, received scholarships from the North Lamar Chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Representing the organization and making the presentations are ATPE President Jerry Jarrell and Treasurer Karen Pfiester.
 
(East Texas Radio © 05/13/2017) 

More kids could go to school online under Texas bills to expand virtual learning 
“There’s no question they are looking to expand these in Texas, and that’s dangerous because the performance of these virtual schools is just bad,” said Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(Dallas Morning News © 05/13/2017) 

School choice amendment added to school finance bill 
"This is the Senate trying to put failed legislation that wouldn't pass on its own merit onto a bill with broad support, although a completely different subject, in the House in order to try to revive what the House has flatly said they will not pass, which is a school voucher," said ATPE lobbyist Monty Exter.
 
(CBS Austin © 05/11/2017) 

House passes bill on inappropriate teacher-student relationships 
Mark Wiggins, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said teacher groups already have been working to curb this misconduct — in part by training teachers on how to use social media in appropriate ways.
 
(Longview News-Journal © 05/11/2017) 

How Texas Teachers Are Feeling About This Legislative Session, And The Next One 
“We are adding basically a Fort Worth ISD to the system every year. I believe the number is 50,000,” said Cory Colby. He teaches at Lone Star College and is the past president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. He said that after the cuts in 2011, more funding sounds great, but lawmakers need to consider quality.
 
(Houston Public Media © 05/09/2017) 

Teachers get half-off at Papa John's this week 
To take advantage of the offer, educators can visit ATPE.org/pizza to access the secret code. Then, they can go to 
www.papajohns.com and order a pizza. 
(Corpus Christi Caller Times © 05/09/2017)

Texas bill would require students pass citizenship test to graduate
“There are some concerns about it,” Jennifer Canaday, Government Relations Director at the Association of Texas Professional Educators said. “While it would save the state some money, there could be potential costs on the districts if they have to pay for the citizenship test to be administered to those students.”
(WDTN-TV © 05/08/2017)

How Texas Teachers Are Feeling About This Legislative Session, And The Next One

We are adding basically a Fort Worth ISD to the system every year. I believe the number is 50,000,” said Cory Colby. He teaches at Lone Star College and is the past president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. He said that after the cuts in 2011, more funding sounds great, but lawmakers need to consider quality.
(Houston Public Media © 05/08/2017)

 

Texas Bill Would Require Students to Pass Citizenship Test to Graduate
“There are some concerns about it,” Jennifer Canaday, Government Relations Director at the Association of Texas Professional Educators said. “While it would save the state some money, there could be potential costs on the districts if they have to pay for the citizenship test to be administered to those students.”

(Nexstar Broadcasting © 05/06/2017)

Texas Students May Have to Pass a Citizenship Test to Graduate
"There are some concerns about it. While it would save the state some money, there could be potential costs on the districts if they have to pay for the citizenship test to be administered to those students," Jennifer Canaday, Government Relations Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators.

(Texomas News © 05/07/2017

ATPE Scores Legal Victory Against Ed Commissioner
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and other parties to a lawsuit over the state’s new recommended teacher appraisal system known as T-TESS have reached a settlement agreement.

(KLBJ-AM © 05/05/2017)

State’s largest educator group settles lawsuit over Texas Teacher Evaluation System
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and other parties to a lawsuit over the state’s new recommended teacher appraisal system known as T-TESS have reached a settlement agreement.

(NTXE-News © 05/04/2017)

KTRE News multi-media journalist earns award for her coverage of public education issues
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) recently selected KTRE-TV’s Khyati Patel to receive the Alafair Hammett Media Award for her excellent news coverage on public education issues.

(KTRE-TV © 05/04/2017)

Investigations into inappropriate teacher-student relationships continue to climb
Retired Teacher Byron Hildebrand, who is currently with The Association of Professional Educators, says the organization is currently sending attorney's across the state to talk to future teachers about the issue.

(Fox San Antonio © 05/04/2017)

Stakes Slightly Lowered for Standardized Tests in Texas
Other teacher advocacy groups, such as the
 Texas American Federation of Teachers, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators, filed similar lawsuits and participated in the settlement.
(The Rivard Report © 05/04/2017

Reading, writing and running to a new profession
According to the Association of Texas Professional Educators website, fewer than 20 of the 1,100 plus districts in the state chose Social Security for teachers rather than TRS, so even if we wanted to supplement this new 401K with Social Security, we can’t because districts can opt out of it. 
(TribTalk © 04/28/2017)

Charter Schools Rally for Facilities Funding
"We have buildings that public school students are using that were built in the 50s in many cases so if we're going to be sending additional state dollars to facilities funding, it should be to update those particular buildings,” said Monty Exter a lobbyist with ATPE.
(Spectrum News © 04/26/2017)

A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump
One member of the Texas teachers' pension fund, Byron Hildebrand, 61, state secretary for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, however, said he would alert teachers across his state to the pension fund's exposure to the Trump hotel and call on the state to consider divesting.

(Reuters © 04/26/2017)

Texas teachers have mixed opinions on bid to reduce state tests
Monty Exter, who represents the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said he supported most of the components of Isaac's bill — but not the provision that would let districts across the state use different tests.

(KEYE-TV © 04/26/2017)

School choice advocates hope ‘special needs bill’ passes in compromise
“Special education is expensive. Districts already spend far more than they are given on those students,” said Monty Exter, from the Association of Texas Professional Educators. He says improving special education should come from within the state school system and worries private and home schools won’t have the same required standards.

(KXAN-TV © 04/17/2017)

Guest Column: ATPE – It’s time to use Rainy Day Fund
There’s an old saying in Texas: If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. It can go from dry as a cactus to a raging gully-washer in the blink of an eye.- Gary Godsey, ATPE Exec. Director

(The Facts © 04/13/2017)

Senate ed. Committee To Hear Patrick’s Voucher Bills Tuesday
"As the state's largest educator association, we will do everything in our power to oppose Senate Bill 3," ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. "Why would anyone want to redirect taxpayer dollars to private schools and homeschools, which aren't held to the same accountability standards as public schools? Voucher bills allow private schools to take taxpayer money and still deny admission to students. Let's focus our time and energy on improving the only system that supports all kids, regardless of their race, religion, or zip code-the public school system."
(Public Now © 04/04/2017)

Some Texas Families Feel Pressure to Take STAAR No Matter What
Stephanie Jacksis of the Association of Texas Professional Educators said, “Most teachers do respect a family’s decision to opt out of STAAR if that’s why they are out.”
(Dallas News © 03/31/2017)

Texas Senate panel OKs bill requiring schools to teach teens about interacting with police
Stephanie Stoebe, a teacher at Teravista Elementary in Round Rock ISD, told the Tribune students should be learning how to have respectful interactions with police from their parents at home.
(Police News © 03/31/2017)

Texas House, Senate have very different plans for public education reform
"Clearly, we feel like we’re under attack, particularly on the Senate side," said ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey.
(KEYE-TV © 03/30/2017)

 

STAAR testing begins this week
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) shared the following tips for parents to help kids do their best on the tests:
(KVUE-TV © 03/27/2017)

East Texas educators voice opposition on proposed Texas school voucher bill
"If you're going to start taking money out that pile of money that's there, then it's going to do more harm to public education. Public education is the biggest place where most students get their education,” said Ginger Franks, a representative for Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(KXXV-TV © 03/26/2017)

Public-employee pensions scrutinized
Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said that under a privatized defined-contribution plan, those who charge fees for making trades and providing analysis would benefit, not retired teachers.
(Jacksonville Progress © 03/25/2017)

School choice proponents hope for a ‘grand bargain’
Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the state’s largest teacher organization, told the Senate committee, “There are plenty of things you could do to help Texas education. Implementing a voucher program is not one of them.”
(Townhall © 03/24/2017)

Senate Education Committee votes to approve voucher bill
“ATPE is disappointed that the first major piece of legislation passed by the Senate Education committee this session is one that hurts, not strengthens, public education. We would like to thank all senators who opposed the bill and defended accountability for taxpayer money,” ATPE officials stated in a news release
(Star Local Media © 03/23/2017)

Senate panel advances bill creating tax subsidies in Texas for private education, home schooling
…senators haven't acted this session to improve public schools. Monty Exter, its lobbyist, testified to the panel Tuesday night that it
(Dallas Morning News © 03/23/2017)

Public-employee pensions scrutinized by teachers
Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said that under a privatized defined-contribution plan, those who charge fees for making trades and providing analysis would benefit, not retired teachers.
(Palestine-Herald © 03/22/2017)

Senate Panel Oks Bill Requiring Schools to Teach Teens About Police
Stephanie Stoebe, a teacher at Teravista Elementary in Round Rock ISD, told the Tribune students should be learning how to have respectful interactions with police from their parents at home
(KAGS-TV © 03/22/2017)

Public Hearing on School Choice Vouchers Happening Tuesday
"We know that money is gonna be tight," Mark Wiggins, a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said. "The last thing that we want to do is to take more money away from our school kids to create a voucher program which is a new corporate welfare entitlement that will go to benefit private businesses and not the kids."
(KVUE-TV © 03/22/2017)

Unions have concern with teacher impropriety bill
“Those falsely accused teachers could face some serious harm to their employment prospects,” said Mark Wiggins, lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(03/20/2017)

Senate approves union dues bill amid pushback from teacher groups
The Association of Texas Professional Educators have said that the bill specifically targets groups who do not support private school vouchers, which has become a contentious issue this session.
(Statesman.com © 03/29/2017)

A double slap to teachers by Legislature
Less than 20 of the 1,100-plus districts in the state choose that teachers use Social Security rather than TRS, according to the Association of Texas Professional Educators website.
(Laredo Morning Times © 03/29/2017)


Texas Senate approves budget that could have major funding impact on public education
Cesarea Germain, Director of Region 2 of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said the Texas Senate budget will also make other important cuts, to textbooks and pre-kindergarten education.
(KRIS-TV © 03/29/2017)

Angelo State Teacher Job Fair
Also attending will be representatives of the ASU College of Education, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Shannon Health, Texas Teachers, Region 9 Education Service Center, Teacher Job Network, School District of Beloit, Wis., and Whiteriver Unified School District of Whiteriver, Ariz.
(Today’s Best Music © 03/29/2017)

How to beat the STAAR test stress
Stephanie Jacksis with the Association of Texas Professional Educators says parents can combat that with a little encouragement.
(KEYE-TV © 3/28/2017)

STAAR testing – More Precise This Year?
The Association of Texas Professional Educators has the following tips for parents to help kids do their best on the tests: (eParisExtra © 03/28/2017)

How do your kids get ready for STAAR testing? Share your pics!
The Association of Texas Professional Educators also offers these tips to make sure kids are successful this week!
(News 4 San Antonio © 3/27/2017)

Edinburg CISD committee votes in favor of DOI plan, but change in process draws complaints
“The employees were not ready for the two ballots,” said Michael Balderas, district employee, committee chair and local unit president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. “We agreed unanimously that we didn’t want to put our peers in that position and said we would not have names on there. So we then created our own ballot.”
(The Monitor © 03/20/2017)

Failing to report teacher-student relationships could become a crime
“There will be some number of false accusations,” said Mark Wiggins, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. “We’re just worried that all things equal a district will, is going to opt for the candidate that doesn’t even have the accusation there regardless of whether it’s false or not.”
(KXAN-TV © 03/20/2017)

Texas Senate panel takes up far-reaching ‘school choice’ reform
‘They’ve already made the decision and that’s right for them and they’re doing it right now and that’s great. But what we’re talking about is taking money out of the system that supports all children,” said Mark Wiggins from the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(KXAN-TV © 03/19/2017)

Texas Politics Week in Review: Education Funding, Sanctuary Cities, Bathroom Bill
"Ultimately they take $180 million out of pre-K and put $40 million back in in a brand new way that again no one's heard of," said Monty Exter from the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(Spectrum News © 03/17/2017)

Texas Educators Worried by Proposed Pre-K Cuts
"Ultimately, [lawmakers] take $180 million out of pre-K and put $40 million back in, in a brand new way that nobody's heard of," said Monty Exter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(Spectrum News © 03/16/2017)

Texas Senate Bill Proposes Funding Changes to TRS
"It's just another instance of the state saying, 'you guys are not worth investing in,'" said Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(Spectrum News © 03/16/2017)

From mentors to making a stand, WISD educators take on the Texas Capitol
The Association of Texas Professional Educators members discussed important education issues with lawmakers with lawmakers.
(Waxahachie Daily Light © 03/15/2017)

Scholarships for North Lamar High Students
A panel of Judges from ATPE members review each application.
(eParisExtra.com © 03/15/2017)

Let’s Use Texas’ Rainy Day Fund
The Rainy Day Fund is projected to end the 2018-19 biennium with an $11.9 billion balance.
(Valley Morning Star © 03/13/2017)

Corsicana teachers take education concerns to capitol
Corsicana educators here at the State Capitol,” said Julleen Bottoms, ATPE State President. “This legislative session has kicked”
(Corsicana Daily Sun © 03/11/2017)

John Kuhn: Vouchers Are the Civil Wrongs Movement of Our Time, Hurting the Children
They Pretend to Help who spreads truth to power. In this address to the Association of Texas Professional Educators, he warned that the very existence of public
(Diane Ravitch’s Blog © 03/10/2017)

Senate unanimously approves bill to curb teacher improprieties
The two bills have received support from teacher groups such as the Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas Classroom Teachers Association and the Texas Association of School Boards.
(Statesman.com © 03/08/017)

Letter: District of Innovation or District of Exemption
There are reasons Texas teacher organizations including Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators, and the Texas American Federation of Teachers all oppose Districts of Innovation.
(Times Record News © 03/07/2017)

NATIONAL: Health care for retired Texas teachers in critical condition 
sustainable.” The problem, said Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, is that the funding mechanism
 
(Record-Eagle © 02/22/2017) 

Health care for retired Texas teachers in critical condition 
Exter said that while 1 percent may have been adequate at one point, rising costs now far outpace the state’s contributions to TRS Care, which was created in the 1980s. “That amount doesn’t go up very much, not at the 8 percent health care increase every year,” Exter said. “If they do nothing, the program will cease to exist.” 
(Somerset-Kentucky © 02/22/2017) 

Texas lawmakers going after teachers — again 
Every two years, men and women elected by the faithful voters of their districts arrive under the pink dome of the Texas Capitol to draft laws for the betterment of our state and the folks back home. Yet, predictably as sunrise, some are co-opted by deep-pocketed special interests to serve lesser ends. 
(Huntsville Item © 02/19/2017

Senate State Affairs greenlights bill to end most union payroll deductions 
Most of the opposition came from public school teachers with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the largest teacher association in the state. 
(KOXE-FM © 02/17/2017) 

Texas teachers speak out against proposed bill 
"Initially we thought this was an 'anti-union' bill but we're not a union ATPE is an association," said Sexton. "We should not be silenced, we have a lot to say. We are the first responders too. We're educating your children, we're the first responders in the classroom." 
(WMC Action News 5 © 02/16/2017) 

Texas teachers speak out against proposed bill 
"The legislators are trying to tell us how our money can be spent," said Sexton. "They're trying to make more decisions and tell us things we can't do with our money." 
(Telemundo Amarillo © 02/16/2017) 

Contentious unión dues bill heads to full Texas Senate 
“Teachers are a large group, and we’re a vocal group, they would like to silence us,” said Kristel Sexton, president of the Amarillo Association of Texas Professional Educators
(KXAN-TV © 02/16/2017) 

Senate State Affairs green lights bill to end most union payroll deductions 
“[SB 13] is about shutting up teachers and keeping them out of the political arena,” said ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey, adding that if the bill's true aim was ending automatic payment deductions, it would apply to all state employee unions. 
(My Highplains © 02/16/2017) 

Dues deductions under fire at Capitol 
Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, called the bill part of a "national campaign" targeting teachers, who are an easy mark because they're perceived as liberal. 
(Jacksonville Progress © 02/16/2017) 

Senate Committee holds hearing to stop union payroll deductions 
SB13 is intended to silence teachers," said Gary Godsey, Executive Director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators
(KHOU-TV 02/14/2017) 

State Labor Leaders Clash With Lawmakers Over Union Dues Collection 
"We really want to ensure the future not only of our association, but so that teachers can still have their voices heard here at the Capitol," said Stephanie Jacksis, Association of Texas Public Educators spokesperson. 
(Time Warner Cable News © 02/13/2017) 

Texas teachers speak out against ‘anti-union’ bill 
“This bill has one purpose, this bill’s purpose is to try to shut teachers up,” said Byron Hildebrand, a retired teacher from San Antonio. 
(KXAN-TV © 02/13/2017

Teachers, state employees who 'feel attacked' visit Capitol to defend union dues system 
"I am a lifelong conservative Republican, and it is breaking my heart that I feel attacked by the people that I fought to elect," said Suellen Ener, a public school teacher. "Nobody in the education business supports this bill." 
(Dallas Morning News © 02/13/2017)
 

Teachers push back against payroll deduction 
"This bill is targeting the largest teacher's organization in the state to shut us up because they don't want us to go up there and talk about those things," Byron Hildebrand said. 
(Fox San Antonio © 02/13/2017) 

Union dues bill draws emotional testimony from teachers 
The result of a statewide organizing effort by the Association of Texas Professional Educators to bring members to the Capitol to speak 
(Houston Chronicle © 02/13/2017) 

Texas educators to rally against Senate Bill 13 
Members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and dozens of Texas educators are headed to the state Capitol to testify against Senate Bill 13. 
(KEYE-TV © 02/13/2017) 

Proposal to eliminate payroll deductions for union dues 
ATPE says automatic payroll deduction is the easiest way for teachers pay their dues. “It allows the teachers to spread the payments out over the entire year, making them very much smaller and they come out when they get paid,” said Byron Hildebrand, state secretary for ATPE. 
(KXAN-TV © 02/12/2017) 

Proposed state anti-teacher bill could put an end to payroll deduction 
"We feel like the reason they're targeting teachers is because they don't want our voice to be heard,” said Ginger Franks, regional representative to the Association of Texas Professional Educators group. 
(News Channel 10 © 02/11/2017) 

Support for Teachers
Texas Senate is considering Senate Bill 13, a bill that is being pushed by individuals who are misguiding the public against a backdrop of the anti-union sentiment that’s common in this state — Julleen Bottoms, President of the Association of Texas Professional Educators Corsicana 
(Corsicana Daily Sun © 02/10/2017) 
 

Lone Star College-Tomball Students Inspired by Community College Day 2017 
“This event gave students the opportunity to meet with lawmakers one-on-one, which I believe was very energizing for the them,” Colby said, before adding, “They received real-life experience on how the government and the political process affects them.” 
(Houston Newcomer guides © 02/10/2017) 

Complex Texas voucher bill would shift funds to families, but costs to state, schools unclear 
vouchers. #txlege #txed pic.twitter.com/ti15FB19n6 — Monty Exter (@ATPE_MontyE) September 12, 2016 Both opponents and supporters agreed 
(Dallas Morning News 02/08/2017) 

Senate confirms Betsy DeVos after VP breaks 50-50 tie 
Organizations across the country including the Association of Texas Professional Educators spoke against the nomination, saying that DeVos lacked the qualifications needed for the position and also had conflicts of interest due to personal business dealings in the private school industry. 
(KRIS-TV © 02/06/2017) 

Texas bill looks to reform standardized testing 
“We totally agree that the tests should be a diminished part of the accountability system,” said Exter. “The accountability system should not be used as a sledgehammer against the public schools of Texas. 
(ABC 10 © 02/02/2017)

Texas senator files Education Savings Accounts Bill 
"Our major concern with really any voucher program is that it is going to pull state budget, tax dollars out of an accountable system and put them into a system with no real accountability for those tax dollars," said Monty Exter, Lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators
 
(KHOU-TV © 1/31/2017) 

Texas Senator Introduces Highly-Anticipated School Choice Bill 
Exter says members of the House have said repeatedly that they do not want to take tax payer funding and divert them into a nonpublic, unaccountable system.
 
(KTAB-TV © 1/30/2017) 

Texas senator introduces highly-anticipated school choice bill 
Monty Exter, a lobbyist with The Association of Texas Professional Educators says there is less accountability in Senate Bill 3 compared to the one Patrick rolled out last session.
 
(KXAN-TV © 1/30/2017) 

Texas senator files Education Savings Accounts Bill 
"Whether that money is coming directly from a public school or coming from the budget generally, it is going to cost some amount of money. That money is going to come out of state dollars, those dollars are tax payer dollars and they're planning to spend tax payer dollars on a non-public, non-accountable system."
 
(KAGS-TV © 1/30/2017) 

Texas senator files Education Savings Accounts Bill 
"Our major concern with really any voucher program is that it is going to pull state budget, tax dollars out of an accountable system and put them into a system with no real accountability for those tax dollars," said Monty Exter, Lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(KVUE-TV © 1/30/2017) 

Educator unions and lobby groups have concerns about School Choice bill 
"Our major concern with really any voucher program is that it is going to pull state budget, tax dollars out of an accountable system and put them into a system with no real accountability for those tax dollars," said Monty Exter, Lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(WFAA-TV © 1/30/2017) 

ATPE speaks against Betsy DeVos 
"It's mind boggling because how can they really judge our school when they don't know what's going on. When she does not know what's going in the public education field," said Cesarea Germain, ATPE Region 2 Director. '
 
(KRIS-TV © 1/25/2017) 

Thousands Rally for More School Choice in Texas 
Gary Godsey, the Executive Director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, says that expanding school choice would take money away from the state's public school system.

(KRBC-TV © 1/24/2017) 

School choice takes center stage at State Capitol 
Mark Wiggins is a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators – the state’s largest association for professional educators. “The last thing that we need to be doing right now is trying to take money from schools to create a billion-dollar corporate welfare entitlement program… and that's what that is,” Wiggins said.
 
(CBS19 © 1/24/2017)

State teacher group official concerned with school funding
Ginger Franks recruits new members for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. They're entering a career field that faces 85,000 additional kids this year. This after severe funding cuts back in 2011.

(Telemundo Amarillo © 01/12/2017)

Statewide teachers group concerned about new ratings system
The Association of Texas Professional Educators says it'll hurt schools already in need. ATPE Regional Representative Roger Gutierrez says,"It can be seen as negative, of course. If you have a school that's rated as an F, students are certainly not going to want to attend that school. You're certainly not going to attract the best teachers to go and work at that school."

(KRIS-TV © 01/11/2017)

How Greater Houston School Districts Fared In New Preliminary State Letter Grades
“They’re using convoluted metrics to determine rankings, which undermines the hard work of teachers and administrators and gives students and parents the raw end of the deal,” said Gary Godsey, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

(EducationViews.org © 01/10/2017)

Former TV Reporter Mark Wiggins now lobbying for ATPE
Wiggins covered the Capitol of KVUE. He’s now lobbying for the state’s largest educator group.

(Quorum Report © 01/02/2017)

ATPE speaks against Betsy DeVos
Members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators say Betsy DeVos just isn't qualified for the post.
(KRIS-TV © 1/25/2017)

Thousands Rally for More School Choice in Texas
“Why in the world would we be talking about taking money out of a system and putting it into a private system where there is no accountability and a lot of other things,” Godsey said, “Instead of investing additional resources into a public education system, regardless of what the politicians say, that works for Texas children.”

(KRBC-TV © 01/24/2017)

School choice takes center stage at State Capitol
Mark Wiggins is a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators – the state’s largest association for professional educators. “The last thing that we need to be doing right now is trying to take money from schools to create a billion-dollar corporate welfare entitlement program… and that's what that is,” Wiggins said.

(KYTX-TV 01/24/2017)

Thousands rally for 'school choice' at Texas Capitol
“The last thing we need to do right now is take more money away from public schools," said Mark Wiggins, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

(KVUE-TV © 01/24/2017)

Capitol rally sets the state for school choice debate
“It’s important to identify what we’re talking about. These are … vouchers in another name because they take money that is intended for all students and hand it over via an entitlement to private businesses not accountable to taxpayers,” said Mark Wiggins, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, which advocates for public schools.

(Austin American Statesman © 01/24/2017)

Thousands of school choice advocates expected to rally at Texas Capitol
Public school educators have urged Texas lawmakers this year to increase the amount of money it sends to public school districts. Many argue any funding for education savings accounts would come out of funds that would otherwise be available for public education.

(Texas Public Radio © 01/24/2017)

Thousands of school choice advocates expected to rally at Texas Capitol
"We would be underfunding at a greater level if we siphon off dollars and send those to vouchers," said Gary Godsey, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. "It would only hurt the public education system."
(KBMT-TV © 01/24/2017)

School choice: Not a simple one
"A rising tide lifts all boats,” said Mark Wiggins with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. “If we're really concerned about helping all kids, then we ought to be focused on the schools that help all kids. And those are public schools."

(KVUE-TV © 01/24/2017)

The Use Of Social Media Between Teachers And Students
As part of her duties for the Association of Texas Professionals, Stephanie Jacksis, says districts have different policies regarding social media with students.

(KGNS-TV © 01/20/2017)

Katy ISD superintendent criticizes letter grade accountability system
Diane Wilson, president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators Katy chapter, which has about 1,700 members, said teachers are the greatest victims of the grading system.

(Houston Chronicle © 01/16/2017)

State teacher group official concerned with school funding
Ginger Franks recruits new members for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. They're entering a career field that faces 85,000 additional kids this year. This after severe funding cuts back in 2011.

(KTRE-TV © 01/12/2017)
 

School vouchers not good for Texas public education 
Unlike real choice programs that help families find the best fit for their children, the true purpose of every voucher program is to decrease the state's responsibility to properly fund a quality education for every child while directing education dollars that are spent to political supporters. 

(Victoria Advocate © 12/14/2016) 

SA area school districts seek ‘designation’ to allow leniency toward state requirement 
"If a district does the innovation, they could choose to do away with all of the rules, which means they wouldn't have teacher contracts. They wouldn't have to have certified teachers teaching in classes,” ATPE Secretary Byron Hildebrand said. 

(News 4 San Antonio © 12/09/2016) 

While SAISD said this is a benefit for the students, the Association of Texas Professional Educators disagreed. 
(Fox San Antonio © 12/09/2016) 

School vouchers would have negative effect on Texas public education 
Vouchers would direct money away from an already cash-strapped public education system for a subset of students, while leaving thousands more behind with fewer resources to support them. 

(Corpus Christi Caller-Times © 12/09/2016) 

Proposed Bill Would Expand Parents’ Rights, But Critics Say It Goes Too Far 
While the debate rages outside the classroom, the proposed legislation has left educators inside schools scratching their heads. Exactly how Senate Bill 242 would change things is not clear, according to Paul Tapp. He’s a lawyer for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, which hasn’t yet taken a position on the bill. His is not the only education association hearing from its members about the bill. 

(EducationViews.org © 12/09/2016) 

Sharon Gale Gatliff Culbertson 
She served as the local treasurer of the Association of Texas Professional Educators for many years while at North Lamar and also as Regional Vice President, President and Regional Director. 

(eParisExtra © 12/06/2016)

Teachers express concern with "district of innovation" title for AISD 
Association of Texas Professional Educators has compiled this resource page to help educators and parents learn how the law could affect them and how they can share their input with local school boards that are considering adopting innovation plans. 
(KSLA-TV © 12/02/2016) 

Teachers express concern with "district of innovation" title for AISD 
Association of Texas Professional Educators has compiled this resource page to help educators and parents learn how the law could affect them and how they can share their input with local school boards that are considering adopting innovation plans. 
(WMC Action News 5 ©12/02/2016)

Educators say parental rights bill could harm trust with students 
The limits of the current law are not well understood, since there has been very little litigation around school disclosure to parents, said Paul Tapp, managing attorney for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Tapp said he advises teachers to be careful and never promise students they can keep information confidential from their parents. This bill would also require educators to tell parents anything they might overhear about their students, if parents ask for related information. “It limits the discretion of the educator to decide, ‘OK, I heard two students talking in the hall about a third student making comments about their sexual preference. I’m not going to take that seriously,’” Tapp said.
 
(Education Views © 11/30/2016) 

Educators say parental rights bill could harm trust with students 
Education association spokespeople said Burton's bill does not allow educators to use professional judgment about disclosing sensitive information to parents.
 
(Killeen Daily Herald © 11/30/2016) 

“Austin is struggling like any district out there and it doesn't help the district when they have to send that large chunk back,” said ATPE field supervisor Kelly Riney
Association of Texas Professional Educators field supervisor Kelly Riney is referring to the $406 million dollars taken from AISD’s annual budget and given to other districts across the state.
 
(KEYE-TV © 11/29/2016) 

Districts of Innovation Not a Good Thing: Bryan ISD Moving That Direction 
ATPE’s Monty Exter offers perspective on “Innovation Districts” in this 2 minute clip
 
(Education Views © 11/21/2016) 

Achieving dreams: Navarro Elementary’s Bottoms at top of ATPE 
state president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Putting that into perspective: ATPE is a teachers’ organization which
 
(Corsicana Daily Sun © 11/17/2016) 

Experts Examine Trump's Effect on Texas Education 
, it's largely uncertain," said Kate Kuhlmann a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. One thing that is certain:
 
(Spectrum News © 11/10/2016) 

Teaching to the sext: Texas educators tackle a NSFW election 
election “has created more of a spectacle” than past ones, said Cory Colby, an assistant professor at Lone Star College, a community college
 
(Lubbock Online © 11/04/2016) 

District navigates new teacher evaluation system 
while the Association of Texas Professional Educators filed a petition challenging the system.
 
(Denton Record -Chronicle © 11/03/2016)

Willis ISD board candidates discuss TEA special ed enrollment cap 
Willis school board candidates shared their plan to ensure students receive proper education and educator attention during Thursday evening's candidate forum, hosted by the Willis ATPE at A.R. Turner Elementary.
 
(San Antonio Express News © 10/29/2016) 

Willis School Board candidates weigh in District of Innovation option 
…an option that could grant more local authority to public school districts during Thursday evening's public Willis ATPE forum at A.R. Turner
 
(San Antonio Express News © 10/27/2016) 

Is Becoming a District of Innovation Best for WFISD? 
After the District of Innovation concept was passed, ATPE raised serious concerns about how some districts 
approached new flexibility, such as local control on deciding start dates for the school year, class size, and minutes of instruction.
 
(KXDF-TV © 11/01/2016) 

State money in parents’ hands: A look at Education Savings Accounts | KXAN.com 
from Texans for Education Opportunity: An extended interview with Kate Kuhlmann from the Association of Texas Professional Educators:
 
(KXAN-TV © 10/20/2016) 

Educators discuss Texas' private school voucher proposal 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) met with local teachers on Thursday evening to explain Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's plans for public education.
 
(El Paso Proud © 10/20/2016) 

Some criticize Lt. Gov’s top education priority for 2016 legislature 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators, (ATPE), has also been outspoken about its opposition to school vouchers. 
"It will privatize public education eventually, and that's not what our constitution says we will do in Texas," says Gary Godsey with ATPE.
 
(KEYE-TV © 10/20/2016) 

Private schools advocate for tax programs 
"What we're really talking about today is vouchers," said Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Noting that any redirection is unlikely to be met with an offsetting increase in public school funding, Exter said, "It's going to ultimately take money away from the traditional public education system."
 
(KVUE-TV © 10/17/2016) 

Will Canyon ISD become Texas’ next District of Innovation? 
Exter mentioned several concerns that accompany hiring non-certified teachers. “Somebody might be a phenomenal welder, but if they’re a really bad teacher, they’re not going to be able to transfer their knowledge to a student,” he said.
 
(Amarillo Globe-News © 10/16/2016)

CCAFT files suit against CCISD and superintendent 
Employees also are represented by Corpus Christi Association of Texas Professional Educators, the Corpus Christi Association of United School Employees and the Corpus Christi Principals and Supervisors Association.
 
(Corpus Christi Caller-Times © 10/14/2016) 

TASA Names 2017 Texas Teachers of the Year 
Professional Association Sponsors 
Association of Texas Professional Educators
 
(TASAnet.org © 10/14/2016) 

AISD, city, county collaborate to identify land for affordable housing 
“It’s happening a lot,” Galindo Elementary School teacher and Austin president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Heidi Langan said. She’s seen teachers first move to areas like Buda and even San Marcos and commute to work, then over time, transfer to the closer school districts altogether.
 
(KXAN-TV © 10/13/2016) 

Woodlands-area districts working to retain teachers 
Gary Godsey, executive director of Association of Texas Professional Educators, said thousands of new students enroll in Texas public schools each year, requiring districts to hire thousands of teachers across the state.
 
(Community Impact © 10/12/2016) 

Beaumont A&M Club honors 2016’s ‘Outstanding Teachers’ 
McCown is a member of National Council of Teachers of English, International Dyslexia Association, Association of Texas Professional Educators; and she is involved with Alzheimer’s Association and American Cancer Society. McCown was also one of 28 BISD teachers honored in May 2016 as BISD Teacher of the Year from West Brook and received a PTA Good Apple sward in 2013.
 
(The Examiner © 10/06/2016) 

Lawmakers discuss deadly police interactions 
“We have not yet seen the written proposal or any details of the potential legislation, and we do not yet know what the impact might be of adding something new to the curriculum that is already required to be taught," Association of Texas Professional Educators government relations director Jennifer Canaday responded in a statement Tuesday.
 
(KVUE-TV © 11/01/2016) 

Parents say districts dragging their heels on special needs classroom camera law 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators has expressed concern that the law was intended for…
 
(KEYE-TV © 10/03/2016) 

Why are some Central Texas schools resistant to Districts of Innovation? 
Monty Exter, a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, compares districts of innovation to nuclear energy. “They are potentially a very powerful tool but also have the ability to do a lot of damage when not used appropriately,” he said.
 
(KUT.org © 10/03/2016)

New school laws go into effect on first day of school 
"It is a very expensive bill," ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter said. "In fact the primary issue we had behind the scenes with this bill was that there were other ways to address this issue which we feel like would probably be more effective for either the same or less dollars."
 
(KSAT-TV © 8/22/2016) 

School districts working to be innovative, others worry about lack of requirements 
But the Association of Texas Professional Educators worries, it takes away minimum standards. "If you're trying to have innovation or go above and beyond you should be going above the ED code standard not trying to go around or underneath them,” said Lobbyist Monty Exter.
 
(KVUE-TV © 8/19/2016) 

New State Law Requires Cameras in Classrooms Without Additional Funding to Accommodate 
“There’s no question this is an unfunded mandate,” said Monty Exter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators
Exter says schools are already strapped for cash — this is just another hit.
 
(TWC News Austin © 8/19/2016) 

Dripping Springs district among first in Texas to get innovation tag 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators said districts seeking exemptions from all permissible provisions of the Texas Education Code could open themselves up to more liability.
 
(Austin American Statesman © 8/18/2016) 

New Pearland ISD teachers enjoy community welcome 
The breakfast sponsor was the Association of Texas Professional Educators, while Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union and the Pearland ISD Education Foundation co-sponsored the luncheon.
 
(Your Houston News © 8/17/2016)

Former high school teacher booked for improper relationship with student 
Stephanie Jacksis with the Association of Texas Professional Educators says, "30-40 Years ago we didn't have the technology we do nowadays to be able to report these cases and track them. So we make sure these teachers who are doing that never get back into the public education system again."
 
(ABC 6 © 07/25/2016) 

CCISD to consider changing consultation committee process 
Cesarea Germain, regional director of CCATPE, called for board members Tony Diaz and John Marez to recuse themselves from the vote because of their ties to unions. Her organization supports the change to a regulated advisory committee for the benefit of all employees, not just those who are members of any organization or union.
 
(Corpus Christi Caller Times © 07/25/2016) 

Educators: Addressing Tough Topics, Recent Tragedies in New School Year 
"We've heard from a number of our members that they've kind of embraced the notion that they're going to go back to their classrooms when school starts and view it as a golden opportunity,” said Gary Godsey of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(Time Warner Cable News © 07/22/2016) 

New survey gives SBOE earful about standardized tests 
After years of making tests harder, it seems the public has had enough. And teachers are not surprised. Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators says, "STAAR is extraordinarily more difficult thank TAKS which was more difficult than TEAMS and TAP and all the ones that are predecessor to it."
 
(KEYE-TV © 07/20/2016)

Tips for Teachers When Using Social Media in the Classroom
“Our number one priority is to keep kids safe. It’s never okay for a teacher to prey on a student,” ATPE Media Relations Specialist Stephanie Jacksis said. “Even one incident is one too many. That’s why our association takes every opportunity presented to educate teachers and to prepare teachers before they get in the classroom.”

(Dallas Weekly © 06/13/2016)

Amid STAAR Upheaval, Panel Working on Fixes
Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said it quickly became clear after the panel’s first monthly meeting that it was not looking to eliminate statewide testing and that it would likely keep STAAR, or something like it, in the lower grades.

(KERA-TV © 06/13/2016)

Amid STAAR Upheaval, Panel Working on Fixes
Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said it quickly became clear after the panel’s first monthly meeting that it was not looking to eliminate statewide testing and that it would likely keep STAAR, or something like it, in the lower grades

(Big Country © 06/13/2016)

Social workers blame social media on rise in inappropriate teacher-student relationships
ATPE's Stephanie Jacksis talks about good ways to use social media in the classroom.
(Fox 29 San Antonio © 06/08/2016)
 

Combs launches site comparing school spending, performance
"Every school is different," said
Association of Texas Professional Educators lobbyist Josh Sanderson, who warns against relying too much on standardized test scores.
(KAGS-TV © 06/07/2016)

Policies for teacher-student communication via social media 
ATPE Media Relations Stephanie Jacksis says teachers should check with schools for local policy concerning social media, but if the use of Facebook/Twitter is encouraged, teachers should create a separate account for school use.
 
(KVUE-TV © 06/06/2016) 

Combs launches site comparing school spending performance 
ATPE Lobbyist Josh Sanderson talks about how difficult it is to compare school districts based on their spending and why it's dangerous to rely too much on standardized test scores.
 
(KVUE-TV © 06/06/2016)

KVUE's Mark Wiggins wins award on education reporting 
...impact it has on students, teachers, and parents. The ATPE said it would present Mark with the award at the 2016 ATPE Summit on July 21 at
 
(KVUE-TV © 06/03/16) 

LISD Exec. Director of Athletics Mark Ball announces retirement 
Coaches Association, Texas Girls Coaches Association, Association of Texas Professional Educators and the National Football Foundation.
 
(KSLA News 12 © 06/03/2016)

Day, Luter named Hardin HS val, sal 
Hardin PTO Scholarship, Kim Green Stephenson Memorial Scholarship, ATPE Scholarship, UTSA Academic Honors Grant and UTSA Distinguished
 
(Your Houston News ©05/30/2016) 

Capital Tonight May 26: 1 on 1 with ATPE Josh Sanderson 
Our guest was Josh Sanderson with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. He shared his thoughts on the state supreme court's recent school finance decision.
 
(Time Warner Cable News © 05/26/2016) 

Educators were honored at annual Celebration of Excellence Gala 
Wolf, Beaumont A&M Club; Mary Beth Woodall, Association of Texas Professional Educators; David Gorsich, ExxonMobil; and June White, BISD
 
(The Examiner © 05/26/2016) 

Willis ISD announces May MVPs at regular board meeting 
Cory Colby, AP and Dual Government teacher at Willis High School said Hosea exemplifies hard work and shines in everything he becomes involved in.
 
(Your Houston News © 05/25/2016) 

Getting to know you: Tina Steiner 
Leadership Round Rock 2016, El Amistad Club, NCC Truancy Diversion Program, Association of Texas Professional Educators,
 
(Statesman.com © 05/25/2016) 

Parents Sue STAAR Test 
The group, called the Committee to Stop STAAR has the support of teacher union leaders, like Kate Kuhlman of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(KZEP Radio © 05/24/2016) 

The Monitor’s Board of Contributors 
Auston Cron is a lifelong resident of Alamo and is a member with the Association of Texas Professional Educators
 
(The Monitor © 05/22/2016) 

Hughes tops Simpson in Senate District 1 campaign finances 
Those were $2,000 from the Association of Texas Professional Educators and $750 from the American Kennel Club PAC.
 
(Longview News-Journal © 05/17/2016)

President declares schools must allow transgender bathrooms 
"Our main goal is to keep students and teachers safe," ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said.
 
(Your Houston News © 05/13/2016) 

Texas Supreme Court ruling shocks school districts, CCISD included 
A sentiment echoed by local teacher's groups, like the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(KRIS-TV © 05/13/2016) 

The Texas Supreme Court declared the state’s school finance system constitutional 
"We think there is a political will out there, when you actually talk to parents and taxpayers, that we want something better for our kids, better for our schools,” said Josh Sanderson with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
 
(Fox 7 Austin © 05/13/2016) 

AISD ‘disappointed’ in school finance ruling 
"We meet the bare minimum for constitutionality, but we can do much better," says Josh Sanderson, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. He says, the funding system directly impacts students in the classroom.
 
(KEYE-TV © 05/13/2016) 

Roundup of school-finance ruling reaction 
to make the necessary decisions.” — Gary Godsey, executive director, Association of Texas Professional Educators
 
(Statesman.com © 05/13/2016) 

Texas’ high court upholds school funding formula 
"As far as per-student spending goes we are at the very bottom," said Josh Sanderson with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, who explains the ball is now in the legislature's court. "They could take this as an affirmation of their current practice and do nothing, nothing significantly different, or they could see this as a wake-up call."
 
(KVUE-TV © 05/13/2016)

BCISD teacher Kathy Brown named State Finalist for ATPE Educator of The Year 
BCISD teacher Kathy Brown named State Finalist for ATPE Educator of the Year for the 2015-2016 ATPE Special Services Educator of the year award. The ATPE Educator of the Year Awards acknowledge ATPE members who 
(Your South East Texas © 05/03/2016)
 

School districts are allowed to ignore state laws 
School districts are allowed to ignore state laws their employees against costly lawsuits. Because of these concerns, the ATPE is asking the commissioner to clarify the new law and provide 
(SanAngeloNOW.com © 05/03/2016)
 

Parents wanted: The best gift for Teacher Appreciation Week 
ATPE asked members what gifts they would appreciate receiving from parents and their students. Based on their answers, ATPE offers 
(The Orange Leader © 05/02/2016)
 

Texas Education Agency Defends Updated Teacher Evaluations 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators on Monday challenged restraining clergyman analysis scores to tyro opening on standardized tests. Critics of designed changes contend clergyman appraisals should be formed on observable, job-related behavior. 
(txnewsfeed.com © 04/28/2016)
 

Texas Senate will take a look at Zika Preparedness 
ATPE announced Monday that it has petitioned Education Commissioner Mike Morath to make revisions to a controversial proposed teacher 
(Texas Tribune © 04/28/2016)
 

FWISD superintendent signs new guidelines for protecting trans students 
“I applaud FWISD and anticipate that along with these guidelines, there will be training,” ATPE Sharon Herrera said. 
(DallasVoice.com © 04/27/2016)
 

Teacher association challenging new evaluation criteria 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators has already challenged Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath's Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. 
(KRGV-TV © 04/27/2016)

EDITORIAL: How to stay optimistic during another wearying round of STAAR this spring 
... the Association of Texas Professional Educators offers advice for those testing this spring, including ensuring earlier bedtimes on the eve of testing on the principle that a tired child cannot stay focused for “hours on end. 
(Waco Tribune © 03/30/2016)
 

State Lawmakers Study Teacher Shortages And Retention Rates 
According to the Texas Education Agency and data compiled by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the state as a whole does not have a shortage of teachers, but for many school districts, finding educators that can teach English as a second language or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs can be a real challenge. 
(Texas Public Radio © 03/29/2016)
 

Four tips to help Texas Students Succeed on STAAR | 
State-mandated testing starts Tuesday, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) wants students to do well. 
(KGKL-AM © 03/28/2016)
 

Texas special education test scores suffer 
Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said that the STAAR-Accommodated is measuring the limits of the students’ disabilities and whether school districts are overidentifying special education students rather than measuring what students know. 
(Austin American Statesman © 03/27/2016)
 

Regional Finalists for the Excellence in Education Awards advance to statewide competition in May 
Stephanie Stoebe, Teravista Elementary, Round Rock ISD is a finalist! 
(The Katy News © 03/25/2016)
 

Blanca Vasquez Recognized by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Elementary Education 
In order to maintain a connection to her field outside of her job, she affiliates herself with the Association of Texas Professional Educators 
(24-7 Press Release © 03/25/2016)
 

H-E-B names regional finalists for Excellence in Education Awards 
The finalists include Stephanie Stoebe of Teravista Elementary in Round Rock ISD. 
(Noodls © 03/24/2016)
 

ATPE's Benjamin Pirillo named region’s PE Teacher of the Year 
Hughston Elementary School teacher Benjamin Pirillo was named Southern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. 
(Star Local Media © 03/20/2016)

 

Texas education commissioner says he favors smaller-scale tests 
Many school districts have developed and used their own system of diagnostic measures administered throughout the year, and teacher groups like the Association of Texas Professional Educators support Morath’s idea. 
(Herald Democrat © 02/25/2016)
 

Daughter of Duck Dynasty figure running for Hurst Council 
Bell High School, Bedford Junior High and Bedford Heights Elementary; the Association of Texas Professional Educators; and the H-E-B ISD District... 
(Bloomberg © 02/18/2016)
 

Fort Worth school employees upset over payday policy 
Sharon Herrera is the president of the Fort Worth school district’s Association of Texas Professional Educators. 
(Star-Telegram © 02/17/2016)
 

Association of Texas Professional Educators Pushing Teachers to Get Out and Vote 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) launched an education and election advocacy website, TeachtheVote.org, designed to get teachers out of the classroom and into a voting booth on Election Day. 
(NBCDFW.com © 02/10/2016)

 

New law will bring cameras to some special ed classrooms 
Then, to learn more about concerns some have with the law, Michael talked with Monty Exter, a lobbyist with the Austin-based Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Exter said his organization takes issue with some aspects of the law... 
(Houston Matters © 01/21/2016) 

Humble ISD School Board honored during appreciation month 
Association of Texas Professional Educators officers expressed appreciation for the School Board on behalf of all ATPE members in Humble ISD. 
(Your Houston News © 01/15/2016) 

Teachers question component of new evaluation process 
Two large groups that represent them, including the Association of Texas Professional Educators, have already spoke out in opposition, believing the new system could cheat teachers out of a good grade. 
(KRIS-TV © 1/13/2016) 

How state test scores factor into teacher evaluations 
That was first question Stephanie Stoebe, a member of ATPE, said she and other educators asked when sitting down at the table to help create a new grading system for Texas teachers. 
(KXAN-TV © 01/11/2016)

 

1on1: Jennifer Canaday with ATPE Discusses a New Year in Texas Ed 
ATPE's Governmental Relations Manager Jennifer Canaday Discusses a New Year in Texas Ed 
(Time Warner Cable News © 01/05/2016) 


AISD Board Approves 2016-17 Instructional Calendar 
The task force is composed of teachers, parents, principals, members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, representatives from Education Austin, and PTA and central support staff. 
(Austin ISD © 01/05/2016)


School Choice Rally Draws Thousands to Capitol
Monty Exter, lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said that the Nevada system has been accused of being unconstitutional and having poor oversight of how the money is spent. Exter warns that Texas could run into the same problems if it institutes such a system.
(Toshiba © 02/01/2016)


Thousands gather at Capitol to ask for school choice reform
...increases, or tends to increase, individual wealth levels, said Monty Exter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Opponents also say...
(Time Warner Cable News © 01/29/2016)

School choice rally draws thousands to Capitol
...increases the quality, Huffines told the American-Statesman. Monty Exter, lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said...
(Statesman © 01/29/2016)

Advocates expect thousands to rally for school choice at Texas Capitol Friday
Breitbart Texas reported on the long list of educratic organizations and lobbyists that oppose school choice including the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the Texas American Federation of Teachers (Texas AFT), a branch of the second largest teachers’ union in the nation, the American Federation of Teachers; and the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), an affiliate of the largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association (NEA).
(Breitbart © 01/28/2016)
 

State could choose new GED provider after Pearson criticism
The Association of Texas Professional Educators, which has long opposed the change, said that administrators cannot fully understand the needs of students and teachers without having served in a classroom.

(Cable One © 01/25/2016)
 

District celebrates board
Gifts of recognition were also presented by several schools within the district, by officers of the Association of Texas Professional Educators and by FFA members from school chapters.
(The Tribune © 1/25/2016) 

Abbott selects DISD keeper Mike Morath as Texas’ new preparation commissioner 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators, complained of Morath’s ties to a “pro-privatization crowd.” 
(Texas News © 12/15/2015) 

Coming Next Year To Texas Special Ed Classrooms: Video Cameras 
"Teachers are mixed, and the districts don't like the mandates," said Monty Exter, a lobbyist with the Austin-based Association of Texas Professional Educators. 
(KPBS-FM © 12/15/2015) 

Abbott selects DISD trustee Mike Morath as Texas’ new education commissioner 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators, another statewide teachers’ group, complained of Morath’s ties to the “pro-privatization crowd.” 
(Dallas Morning News © 12/14/2015) 

Coming To Texas: Special-Ed Cams To Protect Students From Their Own Teachers 
"Teachers are mixed, and the districts don't like the mandates," said Monty Exter, a lobbyist with the Austin-based Association of Texas Professional Educators
(KUT-FM Radio © 12/14/2015) 

Abbott Names Next Education Commissioner 
It "sends another signal that Abbott is very interested in the agenda of the education reform and pro-privatization crowd,” the Association of Texas Professional Educators said Monday, citing Abbott's recent appointment of another reformer to the Pension Review Board, which teachers groups decried. 
(Texas Tribune © 12/14/2015)
 

PolitiFact: Bill would’ve given teachers protection in deadly cases 
...deadly force in keeping with the penal code, though attorney Paul Tapp of the Association of Texas Professional Educators suggested Texas teachers... 
(Austin American-Statesman © 11/08/2015)

Website says Texas legislation allows teachers to kill students if 'they felt it was needed' 
Tapp pointed us to section 9.62 of Texas Penal Code, which says teachers can use "force, but not deadly force" to "maintain discipline in a group." 
(Politifact.com © 11/06/2015)

Are students spending too much time on standardized testing? 
the Obama Administration seems to disagree and so do local educators and parents. Cesarea Germain represents the Association of Texas Professional... 
(KRIS-TV © 10/26/2015) 

In Texas, Classroom Experience No Longer Required to Become a School Superintendent 
'They need to know how education works,' says Kate Kulhmann, a lobbyist for ATPE
(Noodls.com © 10/26/2015) 

SXSWedu® Releases Initial Programming for 2016 Event 
...diversity of minds and ways of thinking, as well as an inspiration to many educators. "We're honored to have ATPE join us." 
(Video Based Tutorials © 10/21/2015) 

SXSWedu® Releases Initial Programming for 2016 Event 
In addition to dynamic programming, learning experiences and networking opportunities, for the first time educators will be able to earn continuing professional education credits when they attend SXSWedu through a partnership with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) 
(KIII-TV © 10/21/2015)

State's superintendent requirements could loosen 
...classroom works, said Kate Kuhlmann, a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Kuhlmann said some superintendent members have... 
(San Angelo Standard Times © 10/20/2015) 

Another View: New test: New education appointments 
...schools, welcome scrutiny indeed. And in a statement, the Association of Texas Professional Educators last week praised Williams for his willingness... 
(Daily Tribune © 10/20/2015) 

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers 
...schools, welcome scrutiny indeed. And in a statement, the Association of Texas Professional Educators last week praised Williams for "his willingness... 
(Star-Telegram © 10/20/2015) 

1on1: Kate Kuhlmann 
...superintendents have classroom experience. Kate Kuhlmann with the Association of Texas Professional Educators discusses why her group opposes... 
(Time Warner Cable News © 10/20/2015) 

EDITORIAL: Maybe Gov. Abbott can pass test this time in his education appointments 
...schools, welcome scrutiny indeed. And in a statement, the Association of Texas Professional Educators last week praised Williams for his willingness.. 
(Waco Tribune © 10/18/2015) 

TEA takes immediate steps to shorten STAAR tests in grades 3-8 
This is a step in the right direction for Texas students, ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. ATPE will continue working hard to reduce... 
(Your Houston News © 10/16/2015) 

TASA Names 2016 Texas Teachers of the Year 
TASA Names 2016 Texas Teachers of the Year 10.16.2015 TASA, which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named Revathi Balakrishnan who is an ATPE Member... 
(TASA © 10/16/2015)

Texas education commissioner stepping down 
...with the U.S. Department of Education over local control. Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Public Educators, the largest educator... 
(Beaumont Enterprise © 10/15/2015) 

ATPE Opposes Change to Superintendent Certification Rule, SBEC to Make Final Vote Friday 
"We strongly support maintaining a requirement for teaching experience prior to obtaining a superintendent certificate,” ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann said. 
(Houston Syle Magazine © 10/14/2015) 

Realtors support proposition to lower property taxes 
billion dollars that will not go to school funding, but Association of Texas Professional Educators Lobbyist Josh Sanderson said lawmakers made up... 
(News 4 San Antonio © 10/12/2015)

Patrick calls 'school choice,' charters for study - Houston Chronicle 
Houston Chronicle Student options among latest push by Patrick AUSTIN - A continued push for school choice and expansion of charter schools in... 
(Houston Chronicle © 10/12/2015) 

TJC to honor 5 alumni, including former mayor Barbara Bass, Sen. Kevin Eltife and others
Eltife has received the “Freedom to Teach” award by the Association of Texas Professional Educators and was named a “Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business. 
(Tyler Morning Telegraph © 10/05/2015) 

Conroe ISD Welcomes New Teachers
Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students October 2015 years at St. John s School in Houston as a social studies teacher and Upper School Dean of Students. Popp earned an undergraduate degree in history... 
(Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes © 10/02/2015)
 

Supreme Court Eyes Texas Schools 
Gary Godsey, executive director at the Association of Texas Professional Educators, released a statement saying that the Supreme Court’s decision will lead to either a great education for future students, or “we can shortchange them and continue to be passed up by other states and countries [that] recognize the importance of investing in education.” 
(Fort Worth Weekly © 9/2/2015)

School Funding Lawsuit Goes to Texas Supreme Court 
NewsWest 9 received a statement from the Executive Director for the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) stating, "The Texas... 
(NewsWest9 © 9/1/2015)

School Financing Fight Hits Texas Supreme Court 
...portables are signs of the lack of public education funding. Josh Sanderson, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators said... 
(KFDM-TV © 9/1/2015)  

School Financing Fight Hits Texas Supreme Court 
...portables are signs of the lack of public education funding. Josh Sanderson, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators said... 
(Fox 4 Beaumont © 9/1/2015)

School Financing Fight Hits Texas Supreme Court 
...portables are signs of the lack of public education funding. Josh Sanderson, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators said... 
(KEYE-TV © 9/1/2015) 

New truancy law begins Sept. 1 
"All the districts are going to hold the kids responsible for going to school and they'll hold the parents responsible for getting them to school, but there won't be a criminal record,” Byron Hildebrand, Association of Texas Professional Educators treasurer said. 
(KABB-TV © 8/31/2015)

New truancy law begins Sept. 1 
"All the districts are going to hold the kids responsible for going to school and they'll hold the parents responsible for getting them to school, but there won't be a criminal record,” Byron Hildebrand, Association of Texas Professional Educators treasurer said. 
(News 4 San Antonio © 8/31/2015)

School finance goes to Texas Supreme Court tomorrow 
ATPE weighs-in on trickle-down effect of budget cuts on Texas teachers and students 
(Houston Style Magazine © 8/31/2015)  

Lack of funding usually equates to larger classroom sizes 
It’s the places that are feeling the fast pace of growth, and they can’t keep up,” says Josh Sanderson from the Association of Texas Professional Educators
(KXAN-TV © 8/31/2015)

Association of Texas Professional Educators - News Release 
“The Texas Supreme Court has the opportunity to make a decision that will matter in the lives of every child in Texas,” Godsey said 
(Guidry News © 8/31/2015)

Teacher shortage affecting local school districts 
"[Teaching] is definitely a calling. You have to be of that mindset," said Ron Walcik, the Killeen ATPE President. "Many young college graduates coming into the profession aren't aware that that's what they're going to be facing." 
(KXXV-TV © 8/28/2015) 

Teacher shortage affecting local school districts 
According to the Texas Association of School Boards, the number of new teachers looking to work in a classroom has dropped 25-percent in the last six years. The number of students enrolling in schools continues to increase by 13-percent. 
(ABC 40 © 8/28/2015)


CISD welcomes over 500 new teachers for 2015-2016 school year 

A Community Services and Vendor Fair kicked off the week by providing teachers access to community information all while enjoying a breakfast sponsored by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) 
(Conroe Today © 8/26/2015) 

Katy ISD teacher pay rises by $1,100, though amount still less than neighboring districts 
Diane Wilson, head of the Association of Texas Professional Educators Katy chapter, is dissatisfied with the district's pay schedule and says that some teachers feel the same way. 
(Houston Chronicle © 8/26/2015) 

Katy ISD teacher pay rises by $1,100, though amount still less than neighboring districts 
Diane Wilson, head of the Association of Texas Professional Educators Katy chapter, is dissatisfied with the district's pay schedule and says that some teachers feel the same way. 
(Chron.com © 8/26/2015) 

Conroe ISD Welcomes New Teachers 
Over the three days, teachers participated in a conference style event that helped them become acquainted with all things CISD. 
(The Paper Magazine © 8/26/2015) 

Law decriminalizing truancy kicks in next week 
..decriminalize truancy took several sessions to get through the Legislature, but Gary Godsey, the One of the new state laws that kicks in next... 
(Ticket 760 © 8/26/2015) 

Law decriminalizing truancy kicks in next week 
..decriminalize truancy took several sessions to get through the Legislature, but Gary Godsey, the One of the new state laws that kicks in next... 
(WOAI © 8/26/2015) 

New school year means new laws for educators 
“There are some kids that are truant because they’re homeless. There’s some kids that are truant because they’re hungry. There’s some kids that are truant because they’re scared,” state treasurer for the ATPE Byron Hildebrand, said. 
(KSAT-TV © 8/24/2015) 

New Laws in Place as Texas Students Head Back to Class 
"The pre-K funding only got us back to where we were before the cuts. So, even though they put a decent amount of money in, it only got us back to where were a few years ago," said Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. 
(Time Warner Cable News © 8/24/2015) 

You're hired! Donald Trump for school boss? 
Kate Kuhlmann, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, says successful superintendents require teaching experience. 
(Styrk.com © 8/20/2015)

Katy ISD portable buildings number in the hundreds as district deals with growth
While most teachers and students don't mind using portables, the large number in the district demonstrates lack of preparation for growth, according to Diane Wilson, president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators' Katy chapter and a retired teacher who worked at the district for 28 years.
(Houston Chronicle © 08/18/2015)

1 on 1 with ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann
Kate Kuhlmann with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, or ATPE, joins the show to discuss a proposed rule change to relax the requirements for candidates of school superintendent positions.
(Capitol Tonight © 08/18/2015)

Texas superintendent certification might change, education lobbyist react
Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann railed against the proposal at the August 7 meeting. She represents the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the largest teacher’s “association” in the United States.
(Breitbart © 08/15/2015)

State could allow superintendents without teaching experience
Kate Kuhlmann is a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She tells us a recent report found that over 90 percent of superintendents surveyed said they feel like they needed even more than two years of teaching experience.
(KPLC-TV © 08/13/2015) 

State could allow superintendents without teaching experience
Kate Kuhlmann is a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She tells us a recent report found that over 90 percent of superintendents surveyed said they feel like they needed even more than two years of teaching experience.
(WMC Action News 5 © 08/13/2015)

State could allow superintendents without teaching experience
Kate Kuhlmann is a lobbyist with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She tells us a recent report found that over 90 percent of superintendents surveyed said they feel like they needed even more than two years of teaching experience.
(KTRE-TV © 08/13/2015)

Board tries to revamp superintendent qualifications
"So they really just watered down the standards to becoming a superintendent," ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann said.
(My FOX Lubbock © 08/12/2015)

Obituary: Marsha Richardson
She was a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association and was an officer in the Olney local ATPE.
(Graham Leader © 08/07/2015)

Data shows low funding, diverse students in Texas Public Schools
"That court should start hearing arguments in the case in September, said Josh Sanderson, an expert on school finance with the Association of Texas Professional Educators."
(Reporter News © 08/01/2015)

TWU Hosts Summer Reading Program 
The activities are part of the university’s Association of Texas Professional Educators partnership with the Denton bookstore. 
(Texas TX – AmericanTowns.com © 07/24/2015) 

ATPE Announce Educator of the Year 
Rebecca "Becca" Dougharty, a 3rd grade math teacher at Few Primary in Jasper, received ATPE (The Association of Texas Professional Educators) Elementary Teacher of the Year on Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Austin, Texas. 
(Beaumont Enterprise © 07/23/2015) 

Dallas Morning News’ Terrence Stutz receives education award 
Terrence Stutz, deputy Austin bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, has been honored by the Association of Texas Professional Educators
(DallasNews.com © 07/14/2015) 

Long again wins award for education reporting excellence 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators has again chosen Brownsville Herald education beat reporter Gary Long as winner. 
(Brownsville Herald © 07/12/2015) 

Teacher turnover rate in SETX makes classrooms a revolving door 
Half of all Texas teachers give up the career within their first five years, a rate that would eventually result in a teacher shortage if not curbed, said Brock Gregg, government relations director at the Association of Texas Professional Educators. 
(Beaumont Enterprise © 07/12/2015) 

Texas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Public School Finance Reform Case Appeal 
Texas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Public School Finance Reform Case Appeal The Texas Supreme Court set September 1 as the date to hear... 
(Breitbart © 07/05/2015) 

TRS to speed up monthly pension payments to more than 365,000 retired public educators and their beneficiaries 
...Federation of Teachers; Timothy Lee, Texas Retired Teachers Association; JoshSanderson, Association of Texas Professional Educators; and Ann Fickel, 
(Your Valley Voice © 07/01/2015)

Hooker returns to Permian Basin as head boys basketball coach at MHS
the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, as well as the Association of Texas Professional Educators. He graduated from West Texas State University...
(Midland Reporter Telegram © 06/25/2015)

New Legislation Requires Cameras to be Installed in Special Education Classrooms Upon Request
They didn't have that ability before," says Brock Gregg of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(San Antonio – Time Warner Cable News © 06/23/2015)

New legislation requires cameras to be installed in special education classrooms upon request
They didn't have that ability before," says Brock Gregg of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(Austin – Time Warner Cable News © 06/23/2015)
 

New law requires school districts to put cameras in special ed classroom
The Association of TexasProfessional Educators lobbyist Monty Exter said the law maker who...
(KEYE-TV © 06/22/2015)

 

Schools hoping Abbott vetoes bill to put video cameras in special ed classrooms
Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the state's largest education advocacy group, added that the bill also is problematic because it would require certain areas of the classroom where students' diapers or clothing may be changed to remain out of the range of the cameras.
(Chron.com © 06/18/2015)

 

Sweeping changes are coming in education reform 
..placed on them through new school accountability laws. In the Texas publication Teach the Vote from April of 2015 we see the link between what is... 
(News With Views © 05/29/2015) 

2015 Scholarship Awards Ceremony Script 
The members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators at Mason ISD award a scholarship to a student who will pursue a career as a teacher. This year’s ATPE scholarship for $250 is awarded to two of our seniors: Jovanna Rodriguez and Katie Smith. 
(Mason County News © 05/28/2015) 

THS Seniors presented awards, scholarships 
William Bryce VanWinkle – ATPE Scholarship,
(Teague Chronicle © 05/28/2015) 

NL students get ATPE scholarships 
Cheyenne Whitney and Reily Preston, both 2015 graduates from North Lamar High School, were presented scholarships from the North Lamar Chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators to help with their post-secondary expenses. 
(The Paris News © 05/28/2015) 

 

EDITORIAL: Final accountability measure at least reduces the weight of high-stakes testing 
...talented children don t always test well. Monty Exter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators has dismissed any notion that a letter-rating... 
(The Waco Trib © 05/27/2015)

Protections for Breast-Feeding Mothers Face Opposition
The bill has picked up support from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
(The Gilmer Mirror © 05/22/2015) 

Op-ed: Payroll Deduction Politically Motivated, Unnecessary
Tomorrow, the Legislature will vote on a payroll deduction bill that will not only gut teachers’ unions but also public service unions like AFSCME, and local government employee unions. Gary G. Godsey is the executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), Texas’ largest network of educators. 
(The Burnt Orange Report © 05/20/2015) 

1 on 1: ATPE’s Gary Godsey
Gary Godsey with the Association of Texas Professional Educators joins the show to discuss his group's legislative priorities in the final days of the session.
(San Antonio Time Warner Cable News © 05/19/2015) 

1 on 1: Gary Godsey
Gary Godsey with the Association of Texas Professional Educators joins the show to discuss his group's legislative priorities in the final days of the session.
(Austin Time Warner Cable News © 05/19/2015) 

Capital Tonight: DAPA Action Day, Lethal Injection Disclosures
1 on 1: ATPE’s Gary Godsey talks to Paul Brown about what’s going on at the Texas Capitol
(NY1 News © 05/19/2015) 

Protections for Breast-Feeding Mothers Face Opposition
Across the Capitol, the Texas House already signed off on a related measure that’s farther-reaching.
(Houston Public Media © 05/07/2015)

Protections for Breast-Feeding Mothers Face Opposition
When Anna Johnson-Smith started her fifth year as a kindergarten teacher at Marlin Elementary School in 2012, she didn't plan to resign just a few weeks into the school year.

(The Texas Tribune © 05/07/2015)

 
Taking over at MISD
...the chairman of the UIL Legislative Council, was the 2011 Association of Texas Professional Educators Administrator of the Year and was the 2012...
(Ion Mesquite © 05/18/2015)


New company to get bulk of state testing contract
New company to get bulk of state testing contract AUSTIN Pearson, the Britisheducation giant, has lost its 15-year lock on Texas lucrative standardized...
(San Antonio Express-News © 05/18/2015)


New vendor to get bulk of state school testing contract
...disclose former agency officials who went to work for the company. Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the...
(Adeptpage © 05/18/2015)
 

New vendor to get bulk of state school testing contract
...disclose former agency officials who went to work for the company. Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the...
(Chron.com © 05/18/2015)


ATPE executive director critical of Senate bill affecting teachers’ dues
ATPE executive director critical of Senate bill affecting teachers dues To the Editor: On May 7, during Teacher Appreciation Week, the Texas...
 (Killeen Daily Herald © 05/16/2015)

 

Texas Senate Approves Bill to Allow Homeschoolers to Play Public School Sports
involving testing, discipline, attendance, Kate Kuhlmann of the Association of Texas Professional Educators told local television station KXAN. But...
 (Christian News Network © 05/15/2015)

 

Texas Senate Passes ‘Tebow Bill,’ Homeschoolers can Participate in Public School Sports
Texas Senate Passes Tebow Bill, Homeschoolers can participate in Public School Sports The Texas state Senate advanced SB 2046, which would allow...
(Breitbart © 05/14/2015)
 

Protections for breast-feeding mothers face opposition
...up support from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and the Texas chapter of the American...
(Lubbock Online © 05/07/2015)


Texas Senate Passes ‘Tim Tebow Bill’ for Homeschool Sports
However, critics argue that if a child does not attend a public school they should not be given the chance to participate in that school’s sports programs.  Critics include the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the largest independent teacher’s trade “association” in the state, who say that homeschooled children “are not held to the same academic standards” as students who attend public schools.
(Education News © 05/20/2015) 

Protections for breast-feeding mothers face opposition
...up support from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and the Texas chapter of the American...
(WFAA.com © 05/07/2015)

Protections for breast-feeding mothers face opposition
...up support from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and the Texas chapter of the American...
(El Paso Proud © 05/07/2015)

Breastfeeding Bill Receives Flak From Texas Senate
...up support from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Association of Texas Professional Educators and the Texas chapter of the American...
(BigCountryHomepage.com © 05/07/2015)

ATPE supports SB 1303 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) would like to applaud Senator Jose Menendez for supporting teacher pay raises through Senate Bill 1303. 
(Guidry News © 05/01/2015) 

Pre-K Passes Through Senate Committee 
“ATPE certainly advocates for full day, fully funded universal pre-K, high-quality pre-K,” said Monty Exter with ATPE. “This bill is only a step towards that, but it’s better than doing nothing.” 
(KXAN-TV © 04/30/2015) 

Under House bill, schools would get letter grades 
"The issues are with the accountability system, not with the labeling," Monty Exter, lobbyist with the Texas Association of Professional Educators, told the panel earlier Tuesday. "Until we fix the accountability system, this bill is completely meaningless." 
(Houston Chronicle © 04/28/2015) 

Teachers voice concerns over bill that could impact teacher salaries 
...teacher Forbis who is also the Region 12 director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Currently, a school district cannot pay... 
(News Channel 25, KXXV-TV © 04/24/2015) 

Retired Judge gives Texas Teachers a history lesson in funding education 
In his first major public appearance since the ruling, Dietz addressed the Association of Texas Professional Educators. 
(Houston Public Media © 04/24/2015)

Home school students could compete in UIL activities under new bill 
“It’s not an equal playing field,” said Kate Kuhlmann from the Association of Texas Professional Educators, who says this bill will not be fair to public school children. “There wouldn’t be the accountability measures that are in place for public school student, involving testing, discipline, attendance.” 
(KXAN-TV © 04/23/2015) 

Texas House, Senate set for showdown over schools 
Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators suggests if a solution isn't found, the education issue could become an issue forcing lawmakers to look beyond the regular session. 
(KENS-TV© 04/22/2015) 

Texas House, Senate set for showdown over schools 
Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators suggests if a solution isn't found, the education issue could become an issue forcing lawmakers to look beyond the regular session. 
(KENS-TV© 04/22/2015) 

Texas House, Senate set for showdown over schools 
"I think that you can look towards the House versus the Senate budget to see when it comes to money issues, there's a huge divide," said Exter. "And that's a divide on the one piece of legislation that actually constitutionally has to pass. So whether or not the House and Senate can get on the same page with those types of issues in the next six weeks is a really big question." 
(KHOU-TV© 04/22/2015) 

Texas House, Senate set for showdown over schools 
Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators suggests if a solution isn't found, the education issue could become an issue forcing lawmakers to look beyond the regular session. 
(KVUE-TV© 04/21/2015) 

Texas Senate passes education tax credit scholarship bill 
The Association of Texas Professional Educators was among the miffed because public school accountability could not be shackled to the bill. 
(Breitbart © 04/22/2015) 

Texas Senate advances school vouchers; House still opposed 
Monty Exter with the Assocation of Texas Professional Educators says the bill is missing many key factors. 
(KXAN-TV© 04/20/2015) 

As session winds down, prospects for deal to extend education waiver unclear 
“There's virtually no justification for getting rid of it," said Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Texas Association of Professional Educators, the state's...” 
(Houston Chronicle © 04/17/2015) 

Texas bill threatens to cut teacher pay 
...in the House. Betty Berndt, the chapter president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said that many teachers are worried that... 
(KTRE-TV ABC-9 © 04/15/2015) 

Texas bill threatens to cut teacher pay 
“Betty Berndt, the chapter president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said that many teachers are worried that…” 
(KLTV 7 News © 04/15/2015) 

Proposed Teacher Salary Changes 
Proposed Teacher Salary Changes HB 2543 SB 893 / HB 2543 Breakdown Teachthe Vote Article For more information on Senate Bill 893 and House Bill... 
(Concho Valley News © 04/15/2015) 

Humble ATPE sweeps awards 
Humble Association of Texas Professional Educators members won all of the prizes Saturday, 
(Your Houston News © 04/15/2015) 

Humble ATPE Sweeps Awards! 
Humble Association of Texas Professional Educators members won all of the prizes... 
(Your Houston News © 04/14/2015) 
 

Proposed suicide prevention bill would provide teachers with annual training 
...claims the lives of approximately 4,600 teens each year. Association of Texas Professional Educators member, Kevin Childers will also testify for... 
(KWTX-TV © 04/14/2015) 


Texas Educators Worried About Legislation That Will Change Evaluations, Remove Minimum Salary Law 
Brock Gregg with ATPE, says while most district's pay more than the state minimum of $27,500, the current law acts as a safety net. 
(KBTX-TV © 04/13/2015) 

Groups say tax cuts put services at risk 
...flush times. The groups backing Monday's letter include the Association of Texas Professional Educators, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, 
(Houston Chronicle © 04/13/2015) 

Group says tax cuts put services at risk 
“Monday’s letter include the Association of Texas Professional Educators….” 
(San Antonio Express-News© 04/13/2015) 

Texas House bill could change minimum pay for teachers 
“The Association of Texas Professional Educators opposes the measure. "What we...’” 
(KRIS-TV © 04/10/2015) 

Nacogdoches educator pushing senate bill for alternate graduation exit test 
“And one reason why ATPE says its supporting this bill and hoping it becomes law, so that students who are successful in the classroom but are having trouble with testing will have an alternative route to graduation." 
(KTRE-TV © 04/01/2015) 
 

Annice Darleen Lewis – Obituary 
She served on the board of directors for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. 
(Legacy.com © 04/01/2015)

Texas House trying school finance fix 
"Association of Texas Professional Educators Executive Director Gary Godsey hailed Aycock" 
(Temple Daily Telegram © 03/26/2015) 

House aims to fix school funding 
“We’d like to thank Chairman Aycock and Chairman Otto for courageously providing true leadership by taking the first step on fixing our broken school finance system,” Gary Godsey, executive director at the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said in a statement.' 
(Amarillo Globe-News © 03/26/2015) 

Texas House trying school finance fix amid court fight 
Association of Texas Professional Educators Executive Director Gary Godsey hailed Aycock in a statement "for courageously providing true leadership by taking the first step on fixing our broken school finance system. 
(Midland Reporter-Telegram © 03/26/2015) 

Not waiting for courts, Texas lawmakers aim to fix 'pretty badly flawed' school funding 
“We’d like to thank Chairman Aycock and Chairman Otto for courageously providing true leadership by taking the first step on fixing our broken school finance system,” Gary Godsey, executive director at the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said in a statement. 
(Lubbock Online © 03/25/2015) 

Texas House Trying School Finance Fix Amid Court Fight 
Association of Texas Professional Educators Executive Director Gary Godsey hailed Aycock in a statement “for courageously providing true leadership by taking the first step on fixing our broken school finance system.” 

(CBS DFW © 03/25/2015)

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Today, the state Senate passed Senate Bill 149.
(Guidry News 
© 03/17/2015)


Senate bill allows path to graduation for students who struggle with tests
“Arbitrary standards based on standardized tests administered once a year should not be the ultimate determinant of a teenager’s fate and future,” said the group’s leader Jennifer Canaday.

(El Paso Times (AP) © 03/17/2015) 


Texas Senate bill would exempt thousands of high school seniors from graduation exams
...of the five exams. Public education groups, including the Association of Texas Professional Educators, applauded the Senate action. Arbitrary...

(The Dallas Morning News © 03/17/2015)


Patrick touts comprehensive education plan
"This is privatization," ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter said, noting the opportunity school district and "parent trigger" bill have encouraged the expansion of charter schools in other states. Most of these proposals were also pushed in previous years and failed, he said. "These were bad ideas then and they're bad ideas now."

(Houston Chronicle © 03/03/2015)


Patrick touts comprehensive education plan
"Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association for Texas Professional Educators, said many of the proposals come from the legislative agenda of Texans for Education Reform, an advocacy group at odds with groups like his."
(adeptpage.com 
© 03/03/2015)


Senate school agenda vexes teacher groups
"That brand of reform is all about privatization to one degree or another," said Exter, who said parent triggers, opportunity school districts and A-F grading have encouraged the proliferation of privately run, publicly funded charter schools in other states. "Part of the narrative of the privatization movement is 'our traditional schools are failing,' when they are not, by and large."

(Houston Chronicle © 03/03/2015)


Senate leaders would grade Texas schools ‘A’ through ‘F’
And Brock Gregg of the Association of Texas Professional Educators called on Senate leaders to “stop chasing reform fads and focus on the hard work that we know is needed to improve our public schools starting at the community level and working our way up.”

(Dallas Morning News © 03/03/2015)


Senate lays out first round of education agenda
"It is very much like a gun,” Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators said. “Once you pull the trigger, you can't pull that bullet back. Once it's done, it's done, and parents often don't realize what all they're giving up before they actually pull that trigger."

(Time Warner Cable News © 03/03/2015)


Texas Conservatives Back Teacher Evaluations, School Grading Plans
The Association of Texas Professional Educators issued a statement in which it said calling students who have trouble passing the STAAR exam and their schools a failure “is unacceptable.”

(KWTX-TV © 03/03/2015)


Senate education agenda irks teacher groups
"That brand of reform is all about privatization to one degree or another," said Exter, who said parent triggers, opportunity school districts and A-F grading have encouraged the proliferation of privately run, publicly funded charter schools in other states. "Part of the narrative of the privatization movement is 'our traditional schools are failing,' when they are not, by and large."

(Houston Chronicle © 03/03/2015)


Senate school agenda vexes teacher groups
Monty Exter, lobbyist for the Association for Texas Professional Educators, noted some of the bills discussed Tuesday mirrored the agenda of Texans for Education Reform, an Austin-based education advocacy group at odds with teacher groups like his.

(adptpage.com © 03/04/2015)


Judge: Fix not in courts
“Our priorities this year are to get a professional board, good health care for active and retired teachers, and to stop the privatization of schools,” said Brock Gregg, ATPE’s governmental relations director. “But the cloud that is hanging over all of this is this case on public school finance.”

(news-journal.com ©  02/23/2015)

Texas bill calls for cameras in special ed classrooms
As special education teacher Richard Wiggins was quoted as asking, "Would doctors or lawyers be okay being subject to constant monitoring all day?"
(EducationDive.com © 02/23/2015)

Teacher lobby for increased funding
"There's just not enough money," said ATPE member Hector Cruz, language arts teacher at Weslaco High School.  Weslaco is small town in South Texas ranked as the city with the highest crime rate in the state.
(newsradioklbj.com © 02/23/2015)

Judge urges lawmakers to fix school finance

“Our priorities this year are to get a professional board, good health care for active and retired teachers, and to stop the privatization of schools,” said Brock Gregg, ATPE's governmental relations director. “But the cloud that is hanging over all of this is this case on public school finance.”
(myhighplains.com  © 02/23/2015)

Texas teachers lobby for increased funding
"We are dooming a generation of these children," said former Travis County District Judge John Dietz at an Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) conference.
(Khou.com © 02/23/2015)

Judge: School finance system 'dooming' Texas children
Dietz made the comments at a keynote speech to the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the largest educators' membership organization in the state. After giving a brief history of Texas public education, Dietz focused mostly on his worries about a lack of funding and how that impacts student achievement.
(mysanantonio.com © 02/23/2015)

Senator wants cameras in special education classrooms

Often time, footage is very grainy, it's hard to see exactly what's going on," said Monty Exter, a lobbyist with Association of Texas Professional Educators. "You've got legitimate things happening in some classrooms to do with the process of restraint, and when it's done properly, it may still look like you're doing something that you're not supposed to be doing when in fact you're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing."
(kvue.com © 02/23/2015)

Judge urges lawmakers to fix school finance
“Our priorities this year are to get a professional board, good health care for active and retired teachers, and to stop the privatization of schools,” said Brock Gregg, ATPE's governmental relations director.
(ktsm.com © 02/22/2015)

Op-Ed: Vouchers make for bad public education policy
Gary G. Godsey is the executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), Texas’ largest network of educators. We are pleased to bring you this op-ed about the importance of public education.
(burntorangereport.com © 02/22/2015)

Judge: School finance system 'dooming' Texas children
Dietz made the comments at a keynote speech to the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the largest educators' membership organization in the state. After giving a brief history of Texas public education, Dietz focused mostly on his worries about a lack of funding and how that impacts student achievement.
(Chron.com © 02/22/2015)

Texas lawmakers to prioritize Pre-K improvements
"Our ultimate goal would be universral, full-day pre-k," says Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(KEYE-TV © 02/21/2015)

East Texas reception honors legislators, shared regional priorities and honored Legislator of the year
The Judge stated, "Chris was elected to the Texas State House, District 9, in November 2012.  He earned the support of a wide range of groups including Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Manufacturers, Association of Texas Professional Educators.
(The Gilmer Mirror © 02/16/2015)

Sec. Duncan in Weaker Spot on NCLB Waiver Renewals
Texas doesn’t stand to lose much in the standoff, said Monty Exter, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the largest organization of educators in the state, with 100,000 members.
(Education Week © 02/12/2015)

ATPE's Jennifer Canaday talks School Choice / Vouchers
Jennifer Canaday from the Association of Texas Professional Educators joins the show to give her take on school choice legislation, and whether she thinks a special session is on the horizon to settle the school funding debate.
(TWC San Antonio News © 02/10/2015)

ATPE's Canaday talks Vouchers
Jennifer Canaday from the Association of Texas Professional Educators joins the show to give her take on school choice legislation, and whether she thinks a special session is on the horizon to settle the school funding debate.
(TWC Austin News © 02/10/2015)

Early tax cut promises have education advocates worried
"We appreciate that the House leadership recognizes there is a need and is moving in that direction," said Josh Sanderson, a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the state's largest educator group. "We're trying to get that same acknowledgement in the Senate."
(Houston Chronicle © 02/06/2015)

Easy Texas legislator's bill would allow teachers to use "deadly force" 
“ATPE has been working on ways to make it safer in the classroom for a long time and we welcome the opportunity to work with Chairman Flynn and the legislature to make sure teachers feel safer in their classrooms,” Association of Texas Professional Educators Governmental Relations Director Brock Gregg said.
(KYTX CBS © 2/6/2015)

Bill would shield teachers who defend themselves
“ATPE has been working on ways to make it safer in the classroom for a long time and we welcome the opportunity to work with Chairman Flynn and the legislature to make sure teachers feel safer in their classrooms,” Association of Texas Professional Educators Governmental Relations Director Brock Gregg said.
(Star-Telegram.com © 02/05/2015)

Texas bill would allow teachers to use deadly force against students 

According to Monty Exter, lobbyist for the ATPE, the bill would not add additional protection for teachers that are not already in existence for every citizen of Texas who claims self-defense.
(Education News © 03/02/2015)


Texas bill to allow use of deadly force by teachers against students
"Association of Texas Professional Educators managing attorney Paul Tapp told the Houston Chronicle that teachers in the state already have some legal protections that allow them to use force under reasonable circumstances." 
(freerepublic.com © 01/31/2015)

PROTECTING TEACHERS Educators could use deadly force in new TX bill

"Monty Exter, a lobbyist with the ATPE, told the paper these policies should be determined at the local level." 
(790talknow.com © 01/31/2015)

PROTECTING TEACHERS Educators could use deadly force in new TX bill
"A proposed bill would allow teachers in Texas to use deadly force against students and be safe from any kind of prosecution." 
(bayoubuzz.com © 01/31/2015)

Texas bill would allow teachers to use deadly force against students
"Texas law already protects teachers from disciplinary measures if they use reasonable force against a student. The law proposed by Republican Rep. Dan Flynn would allow deadly force." 
(sodahead.com © 01/31/2015)


Parents, students rally for school choice at Texas Capitol
"Those were all dollars that would have otherwise ended up in the state coffers that were simply getting diverted before they got to the state," said Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators, which lobbies for public school teachers and administrators." 
(kvue.com © 01/30/2015)


Texas Republican Dan Flynn Wants Deadly Forced Used In The Classroom
“'Educators in Texas actually do have some legal protections that do allow them to use physical force to protect themselves and protect others, as long as the use of physical force is reasonable,' said Paul Tapp, Association of Texas Professional Educators managing attorney."

(vibe.com © 01/30/2015)

Gary Godsey talks to Capital Tonight about important public education issues in this session
ATPE's Gary Godsey talked to Capital Tonight about important public education issues for this legislative session. Hear what he had to say about the school finance case and what the association's stance is on vouchers.
(austin.twcnews.com © 01/16/2015)

Education issues in 2015 session 
(progresstimes.net © 01/09/2015)

Austin teacher resigns after arrest on enticing a child
(kxan.com 
© 01/07/2015)

Texas denied up to $120M in federal pre-K funding
(elpasotimes.com © 12/11/2015)

Local charter school loses accreditation, causing problems for students and teachers
(kxxv.com 
© 11/19/2014)

Teachers ask to self-govern, fearing loss of good educators
(keyetv.com © 11/13/2014)

Lee: Accountability is top priority
(Marshall News Messenger 
© 10/22/2014)

Pullen teacher paints bright future for students
(Blue Ribbon News 
© 10/05/2014)

Dan Patrick Voted for Massive Cuts to School Funding, Lied About it on Campaign Trail
(Burnt Orange Report © 09/17/2014)

Texas education board weighs in on AP History debate
(kxxv.com © 09/17/2014)

Dan Patrick voted against final version of state budget partly restoring education funding in 2013
(PolitiFact.com © 09/15/2014)

Congratulations to the Winners of BOR's Inaugural Pub Quiz!
(Burnt Orange Report © 09/10/2014)

Matthew Waller: Details on schools' construction costs sought
(Independent Mail (AP) © 07/05/2014)

Godsey: TEA needs time to develop evaluations
In this article, ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey talks about how implementing the TEA's evaluation plan in 2015 leaves no room for adjustment should any problems arise during the testing phase.
(Chron.com © 07/02/2014)

TEA teacher evaluation plan flawed
ATPE Executive Director Gary G. Godsey wrote an article to discuss the flaws in TEA's teacher evaluation plan. "Teachers don't fear accountability. In fact, every time the bar is raised, they exceed expectations. Student achievement should be part of the equation, but teachers deserve a measure that is fair and reliable."
(mySA.com © 07/03/2014)

ATPE's Beaumont president issues statement about judge's decision to deny BISD Temporary Injunction
(KFDM 6 © 06/20/2014)

Rubalcaba honored with community builder award
(The Ingleside Index © 06/18/2014)

Education Commissioner, others react to Record Review decision in BISD case
(KDFM 6 © 06/16/2014)

Texas teachers to see increase in health care costs
(K-12 Zone - Chron © 06/10/2014)

Teachers' group issues statement about BISD
(KFDM 6 © 06/10/2014)

Teacher Association Fears S.A. Districts May Have Missed Opportunity to Voice Concerns
(News 4 San Antonio © 06/08/2014)

Award honors Herald reporter
(Brownsville Herald (AP) © 06/08/2014)

Carroll Elementary ready to read
(Corsicana Daily Sun © 06/06/2014)

Texas Educators Association extends deadline for educators to complete the TELL Texas survey to June 6
(KWKT Fox 44© 06/05/2014

Texas high-schoolers still struggling with English exams
(Houston Chronicle © 06/04/2014)

Teacher survey deadline extended after participation numbers disappoint
(KXXV-TV News Channel 25 © 06/04/2014)

BISD faces possible legal action from teachers
(12NewsNow.Com © 06/01/2014)

Educators group says it's "appalled" by 300 potential job cuts in BISD
(KFDM 6 © 05/30/2014)

BISD teachers fear more retaliation disguised as layoffs
(The Examiner © 05/29/2014)

Heads of teachers' associations face off with BISD superintendent accuse administrators of mismanagement
(12NewsNow.Com © 05/27/2014)