ATPE News Summer 2017In this issue of ATPE News, we showcase some innovative Texas public schools and share interview tips that will help you get the job you want. We also discuss what it really means to be “innovative” and share what you should know if your district becomes a District of Innovation. ATPE Lobbyist Monty Exter talks about the consequences of our elections, Charles Foster discusses why, after 24 years, vouchers are still a bad idea for Texas public schools, and two Schreiner University ATPE members reflect on their first ATPE Summit. Plus, we reveal what educators can do to help public education win important battles before the next legislative session begins.
From Session to Session
What goes on while the legislature is at rest?
Brick by Brick
Texas public schools are being designed for forward-thinking students and communities.
To say that Texas educators have a full plate is an understatement. ATPE members give their all to their students and are constantly striving to improve Texas public education. That’s why we want to make sure we’re doing our best to support you—not the other way around.
DOI: What Innovation Really Means
Districts of Innovation (DOIs) can exempt themselves from certain requirements. If your district is considering becoming a DOI, ask questions and make sure you know what changes are being proposed.
You Get What You Elect
Will we hand the reins of state government over to legislators who will take care of public priorities, or will we continue to let a privileged few buy the right to replace the public’s agenda with their own?
How to Get the Job You Want
Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful process, but a little bit of preparation will go a long way toward easing your anxiety. Here are a few tips for a successful job interview, whether you’re new to the field or a veteran educator.
What ATPE Means to Me
Two university ATPE members reflect on why they joined ATPE and what they learned at last year’s summit.
After 24 Years, Vouchers Are Still Not the Answer for Texas Public Schools
Vouchers rob the public trust to advance private enterprise. If school choice advocates really want educational options, they should focus instead of providing adequate funding for communities whose schools suffer from a depressed economy.