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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: "Extending the Hold Harmless Provision is Critical, Welcome Step to Providing Our Schools with the Aid They Need."
State’s largest educator association thanks state leadership for listening to education community and helping stave off damaging budget cuts due to low attendance numbers caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

ATPE: "Priority Vaccine Access for School Employees First Step to Normalcy."
State’s largest educator association welcomes news that the federal government is mandating prioritization and eligibility of COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. school employees, especially in light of new TEA guidance that allows school boards to opt out of masking on campus.

ATPE: "Ending the Statewide Mask Mandate is the Wrong Move at the Wrong Time."
State’s largest educator association believes removing the mask mandate will increase health risk in schools and increase anxiety among educators, students.

ATPE Urges Congress to Extend Federal COVID-19-Related Paid Sick Leave Benefits Into 2021
The conditions that necessitated paid sick leave extensions as part of COVID-19 relief continue to exist, even with potential vaccine arrival, says Texas’ largest educator association.

ATPE Statement on Gov. Abbott’s Vaccine Distribution Press Conference
“The vaccine distribution announcement is welcome news, but we are disappointed with the lack of assurance that public school employees will soon have the option to receive vaccines,” says Texas’ largest educator association.

ATPE Shares Statement on 2020-21 A-F Ratings Pause
The largest educator association in Texas grateful that the Texas Education Agency has listened to its concerns regarding accountability, STAAR mandates during COVID-19 pandemic.

ATPE Releases Top Priorities for 87th Texas Legislative Session
State’s largest educator association is urging lawmakers to prioritize public education funding and waive standardized testing requirements in light of pandemic.

ATPE Statement on Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Texas Public Educators

ATPE Statement on State Allocation of $420M Reimbursement for Remote Instruction
On Nov. 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state will allocate $420 million in federal CARES Act funds to reimburse school districts for expenses incurred because of remote instruction. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) shares the following statement in response.

Texas Educators Find Themselves in an “Impossible Situation,” Worried about Health and Increasing Workloads—and Lacking Trust in State Officials’ Response
State’s largest educator association releases results and analysis of COVID-19 impact surveys.

ATPE: State should learn from El Paso COVID-19 spike and proactively provide guidance to schools statewide
With cases on the rise, now is the time to act; school districts, educators, and parents deserve to know what options are on the table should a “hot spot” emerge in their community.

ATPE: Supplemental Special Education Services Program amounts to a voucher program
Gov. Greg Abbott is ignoring legislative intent with this use of coronavirus relief funds.

ATPE: "School districts need flexibility without additional strings from TEA"
Largest Texas educator association again urges use of health-related criteria to guide data-driven decisions on returning to campus.

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.

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