July 2020

ATPE: Statement from Top State Officials on School Reopening Does Not Help Texas Educators, Students, or Parents

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

State’s largest educator association responds to Gov. Greg Abbott and others’ July 31 joint statement.

From TeachtheVote.org: Help Spread the Word about the 2020 Census

Date Posted: 7/29/2020

The 2020 Census is well underway, but at a smidge over 56%, Texas still has a long way to go in its response rate. Using the resources compiled by Texas Counts, here’s what educators and community stakeholders should consider as they help to get out the count in their communities.

From TeachtheVote.org: Schools Receive Updated TEA Guidance on Closures, Reflecting New Advice from Attorney General

Date Posted: 7/28/2020

Texas public schools got another round of advice from multiple state officials on when they should resume on-campus instruction. What they didn't get are clear, unbiased decision-making criteria.

Meet ATPE’s 2020-21 State Officers

Date Posted: 7/27/2020

ATPE members gathered online July 9 during the virtual ATPE Summit to elect a new slate of officers for the coming membership year.

ATPE Statement on July 28 Texas Education Agency Guidance and AG Guidance

Date Posted: 7/27/2020

ATPE weighs in on updated TEA guidance, Attorney General's opinion: We need leadership and criteria for reopening campuses, not a political competition between state and local officials

Your Rights and COVID-19: An ATPE Member Legal Services Webinar

Date Posted: 7/26/2020

This is a confusing and stressful time for educators. That’s why the ATPE Member Legal Services Department is hosting a webinar July 30 to answer educators’ most common questions.

PAC Award Deadline Approaching

Date Posted: 7/22/2020

The 2019-20 ATPE-PAC award year ends soon! Have you checked your PAC donations for the current award year?

ATPE Announces 2020 Charles Pickitt Educator of the Year Award Winners

Date Posted: 7/20/2020

ATPE, Texas’ largest educators’ association, honors educators from across the state at its inaugural virtual Summit.

From TeachtheVote.org: BREAKING: TEA Issues New Reopening Guidance; ATPE Deems it Insufficient to Ensure Safety

Date Posted: 7/16/2020

The updated guidance continues to miss the mark by imposing arbitrary time limits not tied to any statewide, medically determined standard reflecting the actual risk of viral spread.

Finding the Best Fit: A Breakdown of ATPE’s Membership Categories

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

If your employment status is changing for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, you need to make sure to renew your ATPE membership in the correct category. Here’s is a breakdown of our membership categories.

2020 ATPE Award Winners

Date Posted: 7/14/2020

Congratulations to this year’s ATPE award winners! Winners were announced at the first-ever virtual ATPE Summit July 6–10.

Election Day is Here!

Date Posted: 7/13/2020

Cast your vote in the primary runoffs and the Texas Senate District 14 special election.

State’s Largest Educator Association Proposes Plan with Criteria for Reopening Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Date Posted: 7/13/2020

A science-driven approach based on local health conditions will keep students, educators safe.

State’s Largest Educator Association Urges Texas to Delay In-Classroom Instruction, Waive 2020-21 STAAR Requirements

Date Posted: 7/09/2020

ATPE members adopt official policy statements regarding COVID-19 during annual conference.

Early Voting Ends July 10

Date Posted: 7/08/2020

Don't miss your chance to vote early!

From TeachtheVote.org: BREAKING: TEA Posts Updated Public Health Guidance for School Reopening

Date Posted: 7/06/2020

The Texas Education Agency has released updated public health guidance for Texas schools for the start of 2020-21 school year. While ATPE is still analyzing the guidance, there are a few items of note.

ATPE Statement on TEA’s Final Public Health Guidance

Date Posted: 7/06/2020

State’s largest educator association frustrated by TEA plan: “Too many questions are left unanswered by TEA’s guidelines.”

ATPE Recommendations to the Texas Education Agency and School Districts Regarding District-Level COVID-19 Policies for the 2020-21 Instructional Year

Date Posted: 7/01/2020

ATPE strongly believes all students and educators have a right to a safe school environment and, as such, has released a list of recommendations to the Texas Education Agency and school districts regarding various measures to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why I Give to ATPE-PAC

Date Posted: 7/01/2020

Longtime ATPE-PAC donor Twila Figueroa shares why she’s continued to support the PAC.

A Message from ATPE’s Executive Director

Date Posted: 6/30/2020

Prior to ATPE’s first-ever virtual summit July 6–10, Executive Director Shannon Holmes shares a message with ATPE members.