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The ATPE Podcast: Educator Contracts 101

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 2/09/2022

As an educator in the Texas public school system, you are almost certainly employed under contract. But how familiar are you with the terms of your agreement? What does the Texas Education Code say about these agreements, and are the terms of your contract negotiable?

In the first of a multipart series on teacher contracts, ATPE Managing Attorney Paul Tapp explains the legal definition of contract, why the public education system relies on contracts, and why they are beneficial to both educators and school districts.

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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.