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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 releases statement on A-F state accountability rating system
08/15/2018
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”
07/27/2018
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
07/25/2018
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
07/18/2018
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
07/18/2018
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
07/09/2018
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
05/30/2018
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.

ATPE testifies feasibility of bringing ed funding back to a 50/50 balance between state, local funding
03/19/2018
ATPE lobbyist testified at March 19 meeting and provided comment on importance of state funding for public ed, recent trends

ATPE Executive Director Gary G. Godsey Announces Retirement
03/09/2018
Gary G. Godsey, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), has announced his retirement effective August 1, 2018.

Godsey is a lifelong nonprofit leader who has served the organization with distinction for the past five years. ATPE is the largest independent educator organization in the country, and under Godsey’s watch, has modernized business practices and has been a dedicated advocate for the educators and public-school students of Texas.

Prior to joining ATPE, Godsey spent 35 years in key local, state, and national roles with the United Way and other organizations and served on numerous boards.

He will continue to lend his expertise to nonprofits in a consulting role, both here in Texas and around the country.  

ATPE weighs in on Texas Attorney General’s opinion on school district activities meant to encourage voting by employees, students
01/17/2018
Earlier today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a non-binding opinion (KP-0177) at the request of Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) regarding school district activities meant to encourage voting by school employees and eligible students. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) was one of several groups that weighed in on the request through correspondence with the Opinion Committee, which Paxton invited from interested stakeholders. Below is a statement on behalf of ATPE regarding the attorney general’s opinion.

H-E-B teacher awarded $5,000 as Educator of the Year
07/25/2017
Christopher Adams, a fifth-grade teacher from Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, was recently honored with the Elementary Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Adams was presented with the award, plus a $5,000 check, at the 2017 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center on July 11.

Mesquite ISD Superintendent named ATPE Administrator of the Year
07/25/2017
Dr. David Vroonland, Mesquite ISD superintendent, was recently honored with the 2017 Administrator of the Year Award from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Vroonland was presented with the award at the 2017 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center on July 11.

ATPE weighs in on expanded special session call
07/20/2017
ATPE weighs in on expanded special session call

Call for Special Session Raises Concerns Among Educators
06/09/2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his plans for a special legislative session that would begin July 18. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is concerned that several education-related issues on the governor’s agenda could hurt Texas public schools, despite the governor’s support for raising teacher pay.



Texas Governor Calls for Special Session Attacking Teachers
06/06/2017
Rumors of a special session were put to rest today after Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement in his press conference. Abbott stated that anti-teacher payroll deduction legislation would be included in the special session call. The state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), is urging legislators to oppose this shameful attack on public school employees.

ATPE’s tips for thanking your child’s teacher at the end of the year
05/26/2017

The end of the school year is a great time to say "thank you" to your child’s teacher. Parents may wonder what gifts are appropriate. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) shares these guidelines for giving your child’s teacher a gift



Senate passes its voucher-heavy version of HB 21
05/22/2017

ATPE opposes vouchers, urges House to make public schools priority



Senate jeopardizes school funding for kids over failed voucher plan
05/11/2017


ATPE partners with Papa John’s to thank educators this week
05/03/2017


Senate Education Committee Votes to Approve Voucher Bill
03/23/2017
ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter testified in opposition to the bill Tuesday, telling senators that voucher programs won’t help the majority of disadvantaged students in Texas and will actually leave them behind.

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