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The ATPE Podcast: Your Right to Planning Time

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 11/08/2021

If you’re working in a Texas public school, you’re probably experiencing the effects of a pandemic-exacerbated staffing shortage. And based on the calls we’re receiving from ATPE members, there’s a good chance this staffing shortage is eating into your planning time.

In the second episode of The ATPE Podcast, ATPE Managing Attorney Paul Tapp explains what the Texas Education Code requires in terms of planning time, how this area of the law has evolved through commissioner’s decisions, and what teachers should consider if their supervisor asks them to spend their planning time covering a class or attending a meeting.

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The legal information provided here is for general purposes only. Individual legal situations vary greatly, and listeners needing individual legal advice should consult directly with an attorney. Please note: Rights based on the Texas Education Code may not apply to all. Many Texas Education Code provisions do not apply to public charter schools, and public school districts may have opted out of individual provisions through a District of Innovation plan. Eligible ATPE members may contact the ATPE Member Legal Services Department.