June 2020

From TeachtheVote.org: Voting in a Pandemic: One ATPE Lobbyist’s Experience

Date Posted: 6/29/2020

ATPE Lobbyist Andrea Chevalier shares her experience of what it was like to early vote during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From TeachtheVote.org: Early Voting Begins Monday, June 29

Date Posted: 6/24/2020

Early voting begins Monday, June 29, 2020, for the July 14 primary runoff elections across the state of Texas. Here’s what you need to know.

ATPE Reacts to Preview of TEA’s Health Guidance for Next School Year

Date Posted: 6/23/2020

On June 23, drafts of TEA’s health guidance for next school year began circulating. In response, ATPE has issued a statement.

A Refresher on an Educator’s Right to Express an Opinion

Date Posted: 6/23/2020

During a turbulent time, some educators may be wondering what their rights are regarding expressing their opinions. ATPE takes a look at the circumstances surrounding First Amendment rights.

Summertime, and a Discount Is Easy

Date Posted: 6/22/2020

ATPE is here to help you stretch your hard-earned dollars through our robust services and discounts program exclusive to ATPE members.

Celebrating Juneteenth

Date Posted: 6/17/2020

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is the name given to Emancipation Day by African Americans in Texas. It marks the day when Union troops arrived in Galveston and announced that, by executive decree, the enslaved black people of Texas were now free.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas Students Will Return to School Campuses this Fall, Gov. Greg Abbott Tells Lawmakers

Date Posted: 6/17/2020

Texas students will be returning to public schools in person this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers Thursday morning.

ATPE Statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Return-to-Campus Announcement

Date Posted: 6/17/2020

State’s largest educator association awaits further guidance from Texas Education Agency.

Meet the State Officer Candidates before Summit

Date Posted: 6/16/2020

At this year’s virtual summit, during our annual House of Delegates meeting, voting attendees will elect state officers. Learn more about the candidates.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Earn 10 Hours of CPE This Summer

Date Posted: 6/15/2020

Summit attendees can earn up to 10 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit this summer. Check out what we have in store!

Educators cite health and safety, student learning loss as top concerns for next school year according to survey by the Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 6/14/2020

More than 4,200 Texas educators surveyed on COVID-19 by state’s largest educator association.

ATPE Summit Registration Now Open to All ATPE Members

Date Posted: 6/09/2020

All members are invited to our first-ever virtual ATPE Summit. Registration is free to all ATPE members, and attendees can earn up to 10 hours of CPE!

Newest Edition of ATPE News Now Online

Date Posted: 6/08/2020

The Summer 2020 edition of our award-winning magazine is now available online. In this issue: Read how Texas educators connected with students during the pandemic; learn about the organization Girls Who Code; and join us as we celebrate ATPE’s 40th anniversary.

Texas Congressman Discusses WEP Reform Efforts in Recent Interview

Date Posted: 6/08/2020

Reforming the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which reduces Social Security benefits for some educators, has long been an ATPE priority. U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) recently spoke with the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) about his work on this issue.

ATPE Leaders! One Day Left to Register as a Delegate for the 2020 ATPE Summit!

Date Posted: 6/07/2020

Tuesday, June 9, is the deadline to register as a voting delegate for the virtual 2020 ATPE Summit.

From TeachtheVote.org: Virtual Charter School Students Experienced Learning Loss, Study Shows

Date Posted: 6/04/2020

ATPE Lobbyist Andrea Chevalier looks at research on the impact of virtual schooling on student achievement. (Hint: It falls short compared to traditional instruction.)

ICYMI: ATPE Governmental Relations Director Writes Op-ed in Dallas Morning News

Date Posted: 6/03/2020

Year-round school is not a simple fix to the complex education problems COVID-19 has created. ATPE Governmental Relations Director Jennifer Mitchell explains why in recent Dallas Morning News op-ed piece.

Now on the ATPE Professional Learning Portal: Nurturing the Nurturers

Date Posted: 6/01/2020

Did you miss It’s Time Texas’ webinar, Nurturing the Nurturers, on May 7? Fear not, because ATPE members can now access the session on the Professional Learning Portal.