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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.

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

ATPE tips for gifting your child's teacher this holiday
Showing a teacher appreciation through a holiday gift is a traditional gesture, but what gifts are appropriate and which ones cross the line?

ATPE PSA: Vote for public education
Early voting starts next week! With more than 100,000 members, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is the state's largest educator group and the voice of public education. Below you'll find a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that encourages Texans to vote pro public education.

Palmer ATPE as Local Unit of the Year
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce Palmer ATPE as the winner of the 2014 Local Unit of the Year for units with less than 200 members. In recognition of this honor, local unit president Gina Godding was recently presented with a $1,000 check at the 2014 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center.

Educators to host golf tournament supporting literacy
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation is hosting a four person scramble Golf Tournament to support literacy, technology and educator recruitment and retention initiatives throughout the state.

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.

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