About ATPE

Founded by educators for educators, ATPE is the leading educators’ association in Texas and the largest independent educators’ association in the United States. ATPE exists to serve the needs of Texas teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and all public education employees and fights for our schools on the local, state and national levels.

The ATPE philosophy is simple. We believe it takes everyone working together to improve Texas public schools. We work with all stakeholders in public education, regardless of political party or platform. We work collaboratively with all sides of any debate to find the best solution. And we represent the priorities defined by our members—working educators who are passionate about Texas public schools.

Why Join ATPE?

When you choose ATPE, you’re choosing an organization led by working Texas educators who understand how hard it is to be public educators today. Our mission is to support you so you can focus on what matters most: your students.

Discover Your Membership Benefits

Member Discounts
Member Discounts

ATPE membership offers access to over 25 exclusive services and discounts—it’s easy to recoup the cost of your annual dues and more!

Legal Resources
Legal Resources

Do you have job-related legal questions or concerns? Browse this section for information on topics including certification, evaluations, and employment issues.

Professional Development
Professional Development

ATPE membership includes access to more than 90 hours of on-demand continuing professional education (CPE) courses—available at no additional cost.

Advocacy at the Capitol

ATPE takes your voice to the Capitol in both Austin and D.C. Our team of professional lobbyists expertly advocates for your priorities and rights at the state and national levels. Plus, we provide ongoing political involvement training and grassroots advocacy opportunities for our members.

Advocacy at the Capitol

ATPE takes your voice to the Capitol in both Austin and D.C. Our team of professional lobbyists expertly advocates for your priorities and rights at the state and national levels. Plus, we provide ongoing political involvement training and grassroots advocacy opportunities for our members.

Latest News from ATPE

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Help Support Victims and Their Families in Uvalde

Here are ways you can help support victims and their families with medical and funeral expenses, as well as grief and trauma counseling.

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ATPE News Summer 2022

Learn about the importance of cybersecurity in our schools and get the details on the 2022 ATPE Summit in our latest magazine.

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Let Us Teach: ATPE Members Offer Input for Teacher Vacancy Task Force

To share the voices of Texas educators with the Teacher Vacancy Task Force, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) surveyed its members to gather feedback from those in the field on why educators are leaving the profession.