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ATPE is the voice of more than 100,000 Texas public educators. See how we are making headlines in these recent press releases.

ATPE: Statement from Top State Officials on School Reopening Does Not Help Texas Educators, Students, or Parents
State’s largest educator association responds to Gov. Greg Abbott and others’ July 31 joint statement.

ATPE Weighs in on Updated TEA Guidance, Attorney General’s Opinion
ATPE responds to the guidance documents released Tuesday by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

ATPE Statement on TEA’s Additional Reopening Guidelines for 2020-21 School Year
Revised guidance is insufficient, fails to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19 in our schools

State’s Largest Educator Association Proposes Plan with Criteria for Reopening Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
A science-driven approach based on local health conditions will keep students, educators safe

State’s Largest Educator Association Urges Texas to Delay In-Classroom Instruction, Waive 2020-21 STAAR Requirements
ATPE members adopt official policy statements regarding COVID-19 during annual conference.

ATPE Statement on TEA’s Final Public Health Guidance
State’s largest educator association frustrated by TEA plan: “Too many questions are left unanswered by TEA’s guidelines.”

ATPE Statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Return-to-Campus Announcement
State’s largest educator association awaits further guidance from Texas Education Agency.

Educators cite health and safety, student learning loss as top concerns for next school year according to survey by the Association of Texas Professional Educators
More than 4,200 Texas educators surveyed on COVID-19 by state’s largest educator association.

Many Questions Unanswered About School Calendar Proposals Driven by COVID-19, says Association for Texas Professional Educators
State’s largest educator association shares member concerns about potential changes

The Association of Texas Professional Educators calls for moratorium on educator evaluations for 2019-20 school year
The COVID-19 pandemic, campus disruptions could jeopardize administration of evaluation efforts, says state’s largest educator association

ATPE responds to Texas Public School Finance Commission’s report
The Texas Commission on Public School Finance voted on Dec. 19 to approve final recommendations for the 86th Texas Legislature to improve the Texas public school finance system.

ATPE: “Increasing property taxes to offset state funding for public schools is not the answer”
“Increasing property taxes to offset state funding for public schools is not the answer” 
ATPE believes that Texas students deserve well-funded schools & Texas taxpayers deserve for that funding to be fairly collected and rationally balanced

ATPE responds to Gov. Abbott’s School Safety Action Plan
ATPE responds to Gov. Abbott’s School Safety Action Plan Summary State’s largest educator association commends actions by school districts to reduce violence in school & inclusion of educators’ voices in important policy discussions AUSTIN,

ATPE releases statement on A-F state accountability rating system
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today issued the first round of A-F letter-grade ratings to Texas public school districts. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the state’s largest educator group, has long voiced concerns about utilizing an A-F rating system for the Texas public school system and now urges further study of the new system’s impact.

ATPE comments on TRS Board decision to lower “assumed rate of return”
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Directors voted on July 27, 2018, to lower the TRS pension fund’s “assumed rate of return,” an assumption of how well the fund’s investments will perform over time. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) shares the following statements on what this decision means for Texas educators.

Joe Straus Awarded ATPE's Highest Honor
ATPE has recognized Rep. Joe Straus, current Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, with its highest honor, the Judy Coyle Texas Liberty Award, for his ongoing and passionate defense of public education while in office.

ATPE Names New Executive Director
ATPE announces the selection of Shannon Holmes, current superintendent of Hardin-Jefferson ISD, to lead the association’s state office, effective Sept. 4

ATPE Officers Offer Input on Governor’s School Safety Plan
State Officers with The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) were invited to provide input on Gov. Greg Abbott’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan and other education topics at stakeholder meetings held at the Texas State Capitol on July 16, 2018.

ATPE hosts annual summit in Dallas on July 11-13
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) will host its annual leadership, education and business conference on July 11-13. More than 1,000 public school employees and ATPE members are expected at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel to attend the annual ATPE Summit.

ATPE statement on Texas governor’s school safety recommendations
Earlier today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a set of proposals designed to make Texas schools safer. Abbott’s plan was formed after he hosted three successive school safety roundtable discussions in the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18.

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