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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.

State's Largest Educator Group Weighs In on Senate Bill 3, Dan Patrick's Press Conference
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) staunchly opposes Senate Bill 3, which would funnel public funds to schools that aren’t held accountable in the same manner as public schools for how they perform.

SXSWedu Pairs Up with Local Educator Association for 2017
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is proud to announce our partnership with SXSWedu, an annual conference and festival focusing on innovations in learning. ATPE will offer continuing professional education (CPE) credits for educators who attend specific sessions.

Treats Not Tricks: Tips to keep kids safe this Halloween
Halloween is just days away, and kids throughout Texas will be celebrating in costumes to trick-or-treat. The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) has these tips to keep students safe this Halloween.

ATPE statement regarding Dan Patrick's conference outlining priorities for public education

ATPE testifies against vouchers
ATPE has always opposed vouchers,” ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter said. “They remove money from the already cash-strapped public education system, potentially to the tune of as much as $9 billion a biennium. The majority of research shows vouchers don’t help the students have better educational outcomes.”

Local teacher awarded $5,000 as Elementary Educator of the Year
Celena Miller, a science lab teacher for Cesar Chavez Elementary, was recently honored with the Elementary Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Educators (ATPE).

Local teacher awarded $5,000 as Secondary Educator of the Year
Carrie Becker, a technology educator for Lewisville ISD’s Lamar Middle School, was recently honored with the Secondary Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Educators (ATPE).

Irving ISD educator awarded $5,000 as Administrator of the Year
Gary Schepf, Irving ISD’s coordinator of career and technical education, was recently honored with the Administrator of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Educators (ATPE).

ATPE Tips to Avoid Summer Brain Drain
Kids across Texas are celebrating the end of another school year, but summer break can have a negative impact on their academic progress. Experts say students can lose three months of knowledge gained from the school year, resulting in “Brain Drain.”

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.

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