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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.

Tips for Teachers When Using Social Media in the Classroom
“Our number one priority is to keep kids safe. It’s never okay for a teacher to prey on a student,” ATPE Media Relations Specialist Stephanie Jacksis said. “Even one incident is one too many. That’s why our association takes every opportunity presented to educate teachers in the classroom and to prepare teachers before they get in the classroom.”

Texas Supreme Court Declares School Finance 'Constitutional'
"It's unfortunate that the Supreme Court has decided the minimum is enough for Texas public school children," ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said.

State’s largest educator association files petition against T-TESS

The state’s largest educator association will file a petition today with the Texas Commissioner of Education legally challenging his recent adoption of rules creating a new state-recommended teacher appraisal system. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) asserts that Commissioner Mike Morath’s rules for the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) violate state laws and the Texas Constitution and are contrary to public policy.

Four tips to help Texas students succeed on STAAR
State-mandated testing starts Tuesday, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) wants students to do well.

Social Security fairness measure set for Congressional hearing
— A powerful congressional committee is slated to look at potential reforms to Social Security next week, including Congressman Kevin Brady’s (R-TX) H.R. 711, known as the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has long supported Congressman Brady’s efforts to improve Social Security benefits for public employees by calling for fairness in how their benefits are calculated.

Texas Education Groups Join Forces to Promote Voting
With an unconstitutional school finance system, rapidly changing accountability standards, and increasing needs for school funding, it’s critically important that Texas educators, administrators, and school employees make their voices heard at the polls. That’s why the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has created the education and election advocacy website ATPE has also teamed up with more than 10 other education groups in support of a new initiative called

TEA takes immediate steps to shorten STAAR tests in grades 3-8
“This is a step in the right direction for Texas students,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said. “ATPE will continue working hard to reduce unnecessary testing burdens on Texas students and educators.”

ATPE weighs in on vote to change superintendent certification requirements
"Texas educators feel strongly that past experience as a teacher and principal is a critical factor in a superintendent’s success,” said ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann.

Texas education commissioner announces intent to step down
“We did not always agree with Commissioner Williams on all decisions, but we valued his willingness to solicit input from the greater education community during his tenure in the office,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said.

ATPE opposes change to superintendent certification rule, SBEC to make final vote Friday
“We strongly support maintaining a requirement for teaching experience prior to obtaining a superintendent certificate,” ATPE Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann said. “Our superintendent members know that without that classroom experience, they face greater challenges in meeting the needs of students, leading the district's staff, working with the school board, and responding to parents and community members."

School finance case goes to Texas Supreme Court tomorrow
Below is a statement from the executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Gary Godsey on the school finance case reaching the Supreme Court.

ATPE weighs in on completion of 84th legislative session
Below is a statement from the executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Gary Godsey weighs in on the completion of the 84th regular legislative session.

ATPE supports Senate Bill 1303
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) would like to applaud Senator Jose Menendez for supporting teacher pay raises through Senate Bill 1303.

Voucher bills to be heard by Senate Ed Committee
Several vouchers are bills are being heard by the Senate Education Committee today. These include Senate Bill 4, SB 276 and SB 642. As the state’s largest educator group, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) strongly opposes these proposed voucher bills that would take money away from the majority of Texas children served by public education and hand it to private institutions.

ATPE statement regarding Aycock’s Press Conference on Public Ed
The following is a statement from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Executive Director Gary Godsey on Public Education Committee Chair Aycock's press conference this morning. 

ATPE statement regarding HB4, more funding for Texas pre-k programs
Today, the House Committee on Public Education unanimously approved HB4, a bill that will provide more state funding for Texas’s pre-k programs.

ATPE statement regarding Senate Bill 149
The following is a statement from ATPE’s Jennifer Canaday and Monty Exter regarding Senate Bill 149 that intends to help 28,000 high school seniors who have not passed state exams.

ATPE statement regarding Dan Patrick’s press conference
The following is a statement from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Governmental Relations Director Brock Gregg regarding Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. Larry Taylor’s press conference this morning.

Judge Dietz to address Texas teachers
“We are excited to have such influential speakers this year,” ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey said.

ATPE's response to Sunset Advisory Commission's decision to dissolve SBEC
“We strongly disagree with the Commission’s recommendation to transfer SBEC’s powers and duties to the Commissioner of Education. We prefer to see a restructuring of SBEC to create a truly independent board, similar to that of the Texas State Bar. Such a board should reflect the actual makeup of the certified education profession and be chosen by its own members.” — ATPE State President Richard Wiggins

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