Instructional specialist Paula Franklin left the law field to become a teacher. She understands how important it is to have a legal advocate in your corner. Franklin says, “I chose ATPE because, with my background in law, I knew that access to an attorney and not just a legal representative with little or no legal training—was what I wanted. Why would I waste time with a group that couldn’t help me?”
ATPE’s top-notch team of attorneys* provides prompt and confidential assistance when you have employment-related legal concerns. And our expansive network of statewide attorneys means we can be right there with our members when we need to be. Plus, our liability and employment rights defense coverage will ease your mind so you can concentrate on the classroom.
“I never thought I would need the assistance of ATPE, but when I did, I worried about nothing,” says Franklin. “From the first moment I called, there was no stress. Even when things got crazy, it didn’t matter because my attorney had it. I know each case is different, but I came out on top, and I was thankful for effective counsel. I watched my friends in other groups not have the same experience as me and, as a result, a lot of them quit teaching.”
Every educator runs the risk of conflicts, whether with students or parents, coworkers, or administrators. But membership in ATPE brings peace of mind and allows you to focus on what matters most—your students.
Our experienced education attorneys field questions every day on topics that matter most to educators. In addition, for a look inside the legal issues that affect your career, see atpe.org/protection for information on topics such as:
We encourage eligible members experiencing personal employment or certification-related issues to contact the Member Legal Services Department online through the ATPE website or by calling our toll-free number: 800-777-ATPE (2873) between 8:00AM and 5:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday.
*Eligibility, terms, limits and exclusions apply. Staff attorney services are provided through a program separate from the insured benefits. Visit atpe.org/protection for more information.
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