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Don’t Let Your Bylaws Be Bygones

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 6/13/2019

Don’t let your bylaws be bygones! At their May 19, 2018, meeting, the ATPE Board of Directors (BOD) mandated that regions and local units must add a dissolution clause to their bylaws. Additionally, the BOD also revised the Charter Standards to update the number of officers a local unit must maintain.
Below are the two standards that must be met by July 31, 2019.
  • Operational Standard A) Local units with fewer than 200 members must maintain a minimum of three active local unit officers. Local units with more than 200 members must maintain a minimum of four active local unit officers. Local units must have a president and a treasurer. The president and treasurer must not be related parties, either by blood or by law (husband/wife, brother/sister, parent/child).
  • Dissolution clause to be added to local unit and region bylaws: Upon termination or dissolution of the local unit/region, whether mandated by action of the Board of Directors or through voluntary action taken by the local unit/region, any assets of the local unit/region (including monies, physical assets, and records) lawfully available for dissolution shall become property of the state association and shall promptly be returned to the state office.
In order to add the dissolution clause to your bylaws, local units may choose to adopt a new set of bylaws utilizing the new bylaws template. Refer to your current bylaws for complete guidelines on adopting and amending new bylaws. Your regional membership specialist or the ATPE Membership Department can supply you with your current bylaws if you do not have a copy.
All bylaws changes MUST be voted on and approved by the general membership of your local unit or region with appropriate notice of the meeting and proposed changes (usually 30 days). After the meeting, simply fill in the blanks on pages 1 and 3 of the bylaws template, add the date, and have all officers sign. To submit the final signed document scan and email it to aburleson@atpe.org; fax it to (512) 467-2203; or mail it to Attn: Anna Belle Burleson, 305 E. Huntland Dr., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78752.
Click here to view the 2018 Local Unit Bylaws Template. And click here to read the full set of charter standards. Local units and regions have until July 31, 2019, to make these changes.
Questions? Contact Anna Belle Burleson at aburleson@atpe.org or (800) 777-2873.
Thank you to those of who you have already updated their bylaws!