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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 featured in Dallas Morning News article, "Princeton ISD students break smartphones out into the open"
After six months of delays and wrangling, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees on April 23 finally approved its new policy for how it deals with employee issues. The system continues the use of an employee group as the exclusive consultation agent, selected by popular vote of all district employees.

ATPE mentioned in KVUE-TV (Austin ABC News) article, "Documentary draws national spotlight to Texas SBOE"
ATPE mentioned in KVUE-TV (Austin ABC News) article, "Documentary draws national spotlight to Texas SBOE"

ATPE mentioned in Austin Chronicle story, "AISD approves employee policy"
After months of delays, changes and unnecessary ugliness, the AISD Board of Trustees has finally revised its policy dealing with employee relations.

TPE Foundation featured in Weatherford Democrat news article, "Curtis receives literacy grant"
Since she started as the librarian at Curtis Elementary during the summer, Shawna Ford has been doing whatever it takes to revamp the literary resources. From weeding out books and chopping off too-tall shelves, Ford has done her best to turn the library into a modern source of research.

ATPE opposes video cameras in classroom
A representative for the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) voiced opposition at a Princeton ISD school board meeting Monday night regarding a recent policy that allows students to use cell phone cameras to record teachers during classroom instruction. 

ATPE mentioned in NBC5 Dallas-Fort Worth news article, "Teacher group slams Princeton ISD’s recording policy"
A teacher group is criticizing a Princeton school district policy that allows students to record their classes with cellphones.

ATPE mentioned in WFFA-TV (Dallas ABC News) article, "Collin County students using cell phones as learning aids"
Forget pencils, pens and note-taking. Some students in the Princeton Independent School District have a new tool for the classroom — and not everyone likes it.

ATPE mentioned in KVUE-TV (Austin ABC News) article, "Public Ed advocates question Perry’s Texas Budget Compact"
Governor Rick Perry's return to Texas politics began with a familiar boast. "Keeping taxes low is an essential part of what's made Texas the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family," Governor Perry said at a media event Monday in Houston. "And that's not going to change on my watch."

ATPE mentioned in El Paso Times news article, "EPISD to allow process giving workers more voice in policies"
El Paso Independent School District teachers and hourly employees this June will vote to elect an organization to represent their issues with district administrators.

ATPE candidate forum featured on KLTV Channel 7 News in Tyler
East Texas candidates running for office this election season heard from teachers Tuesday night at an education forum.

ATPE member Sue Melton featured in TFN Insider article, "Opposing Texas SBOE candidates talk evolution and science education"
Opposing Texas SBOE candidates talk evolution and science education

ATPE Foundation mentioned in KTSM-TV news article, "Parkland High School library wins $1,000 grant"
A $1,000 check will be presented to Parkland High school for a literacy grant awarded by the Association of Texas Professional Educators Foundation (ATPE). The grant is intended for school libraries to purchase literacy materials and modernize resources.

ATPE mentioned in El Paso Times news article, "El Paso ISD to mull broader consultation process"
A proposed policy change at the El Paso Independent School District would allow teachers and other non-supervisory employees to choose an organization to take their concerns to administrators. 

ATPE mentioned in Austin Chronicle article, "AISD inches toward consultation deal"
Austin ISD is getting closer to settling its seemingly never-ending fight over employee consultation. On March 30 the administration finally released its latest draft policy, replacing the old exclusive consultation agent policy with a new inclusive/exclusive model – one that would leave Education Aus­tin as the prime negotiating partner but formalize its outreach to nonmembers.

ATPE mentioned in The American Prospect article, "It takes an election: Rallies can energize supporters of a cause, but rarely do they change policy"
Last year, Save Texas Schools held a rally that wowed most of us covering it. Around 10,000 people came from across the state, traveling hours on buses to demand lawmakers prioritize education funding, and forego the unprecedented cuts the legislature's initial budget had proposed. In a state with little history of organization and few structures for bringing people together, the rally was an impressive success.

ATPE mentioned in KVIA-TV (El Paso ABC news) article, "EPISD proposed policy change divides teachers’ associations"
El Paso Independent School District teachers' associations are divided over proposed changes to a policy related to the way they air out concerns.

ATPE featured in Waxahachie Daily Light news article, "Rally for Texas education"
Parents, teachers and students rallied Saturday at the Capitol in support of the state’s public education system.

ATPE mentioned in Corpus Christi Caller-Times news article, "Local teacher unions, associations to send delegation to Save Texas Schools Rally"
At least 60 Corpus Christi educators plan to add their voices to about 7,000 others against education funding cuts during a rally and march in Austin Saturday.

ATPE Grant for Teaching Excellence winner Lauri Peters featured in San Antonio Express-News article, "Providing food for thought at the 'Reading Restaurant'"
Providing food for thought at the 'Reading Restaurant'

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