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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 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.

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.

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