The latest news from ATPE
ATPE is the voice of more than 100,000 Texas public educators. See how we are making headlines in these recent press releases.
SBOE votes in favor of teacher quality
Today the State Board of Education (SBOE) sided with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and voted 12-3 to reject a State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rule that establishes minimum qualifications for entrance into the teaching profession. Under the rule, educator preparation programs are allowed to admit prospective teachers who have a 2.5 GPA overall or in their last 60 hours of college coursework. ATPE and others have called for SBEC to raise the GPA standard, and today’s SBOE vote will force the certification board to revisit the rule and at least consider increasing the requirement.
Texas School Funding System Declared Unconstitutional
Today Travis County District Judge John Dietz issued a ruling declaring that the way Texas funds its public schools is unconstitutional. The head of state’s largest educator group called the ruling a victory for the more than 5 million Texas public schoolchildren.
Irving ISD principal awarded $5,000 as Admin. of the Year
Lamar Middle School’s Assistant Principal Karen McCoskey was recently honored with the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Administrator of the Year award. McCoskey was presented with the award, plus a $5,000 check at the 2014 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center.
Birdville ISD teacher awarded $5,000 as Educator of the Year
Academy at Thomas Elementary’s music specialist Elizabeth Shier was recently honored with the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Elementary Teacher of the Year award.
La Joya ISD teacher awarded $5,000 as Associate of the Year
Trevino Middle School’s substitute teacher Hilda Martinez was recently honored with the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Associate of the Year award.
Two Irving ISD educators awarded $5,000 as Educators of the Year
Two Irving ISD educators were recently honored by the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Educator of the Year Awards.
SAISD employee group withdraws grievance appeal to Commissioner
Today the San Antonio ISD affiliate of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) withdrew an appeal to the Commissioner of Education to force the district to change one of its most contentious employee policies.
Statewide teacher survey yields insight despite first-year obstacles
According to a recent poll, 81 percent of Texas teachers surveyed say they strongly agree that their school is a good place to work and learn. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced results of the first Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey today. The survey was launched in April in response to a 2013 bill passed by the Texas Legislature requiring the state to survey teachers and other educators biennially about teaching and learning conditions in their schools.
State’s largest educator association disappointed in SBEC decision to maintain low GPA requirement
At its meeting on Friday, Aug. 1, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) voted against raising the minimum GPA requirement for entrance into an educator preparation program from 2.5 to 2.75. The board had taken initial action in May to raise the GPA requirement, responding to pressure from the Legislature and a specific request from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). SBEC reversed course last week after some alternative certification programs (ACPs) opposed the higher standard. ATPE was the only group to testify in favor of the proposal.
Local history teacher becomes ATPE state vice president
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce Cory Colby, a Willis High School advanced placement and dual credit government teacher, as the group’s new state vice president.
Special education teacher is new ATPE state president
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) recently elected 12-year-member Richard Wiggins as the association’s state president for the 2014-15 school year. Wiggins, a special education department chair for Boerne ISD, will represent the organization and more than 100,000 Texas public school educators who are members.
Texas educators praise Van de Putte’s education policy rollout
The following is a statement from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) State President Richard Wiggins regarding Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s education policy rollout.
Educator group files brief to support teacher rights in Dallas
The state’s largest educator group filed a brief in Dallas County District Court, Monday, Aug. 4, in an effort to protect the contract rights of all Texas educators. The action by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) stems from a case involving a Dallas ISD employee who was involuntarily placed on the district’s “excess” employee list. Her placement on that list was later used as a reason not to renew the teacher’s contract.
State’s largest educator group applauds Commissioner Williams’ decision to seek extension of NCLB waiver and evaluation pilot
For several months, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has been fighting to prevent the hasty implementation of a new state teacher evaluation system that has not yet been piloted and perfected. The evaluation changes were mandated by the U.S. Department of Education as a condition for receiving a waiver of federal school accountability requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), better known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has written to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, seeking an extension of the state’s waiver and requesting an additional year for pilot studies of the new evaluation system before it must be implemented statewide.
ATPE applauds commissioner appointing board of managers
The following is a brief statement from the president of the Beaumont local unit of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) regarding Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams’ decision to appoint a board of managers for Beaumont ISD.
Texas gubernatorial candidates to roll out education platforms Thursday
Three candidates for governor and lieutenant governor will address more than 900 public school employees about important education issues Thursday, July 10, at the Austin Convention Center during the annual conference of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the 2014 ATPE Summit. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, and Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, have all confirmed that they will be attending.
ATPE hires new communications director
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is pleased to announce and welcome Elaine Acker as the association’s Communications Director. Acker will supervise a talented team of writers, designers and multi-media production artists as they support ATPE’s mission to serve as a powerful voice for Texas educators.
Judge rules against Beaumont ISD
The following is a statement from the Beaumont president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) regarding Judge Stephen Yelenosky’s decision to deny Beaumont ISD a temporary restraining order against the Texas Education Agency.
Four Texas universities top-ranked for teacher preparation programs
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) congratulates Dallas Baptist University for being named the country’s top-ranked program for preparation of elementary school teachers by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).
Beaumont ATPE applauds TEA ruling
The following is a brief statement from the Beaumont president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) regarding today’s ruling by the Texas Education Agency. In addition to upholding the commissioner’s decision to lower the district’s accreditation, the hearing officer also supported the decision to elevate the current TEA-appointed monitor to conservator.