Founded by educators for educators, ATPE is the leading educators’ association in Texas and the largest independent educators’ association in the United States. ATPE exists to serve the needs of Texas teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and all public education employees and fights for our schools on the local, state and national levels.
The ATPE philosophy is simple. We believe it takes everyone working together to improve Texas public schools. We work with all stakeholders in public education, regardless of political party or platform. We work collaboratively with all sides of any debate to find the best solution. And we represent the priorities defined by our members—working educators who are passionate about Texas public schools.
When you choose ATPE, you’re choosing an organization led by working Texas educators who understand how hard it is to be public educators today. Our mission is to support you so you can focus on what matters most: your students.
ATPE membership offers access to over 25 exclusive services and discounts—it’s easy to recoup the cost of your annual dues and more!
Do you have job-related legal questions or concerns? Browse this section for information on topics including certification, evaluations, and employment issues.
ATPE membership includes access to more than 90 hours of on-demand continuing professional education (CPE) courses—available at no additional cost.
In this third episode of The ATPE Podcast, ATPE Managing Attorney Paul Tapp explains the differences in resignation for contract and non-contract employees and what the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) considers “good cause” to leave an educator contract in the middle of the school year.
Learn about the law governing planning time, meet Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist Bonnie Anderson (a Judson ATPE member!), and much more.
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