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Catch up on the latest Texas education news and analysis from ATPE.

TEA’s STAAR Press Release Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Date Posted: 6/12/2024

When all students who passed are considered, the data shows high school performance has generally continued to hold steady or increase since the pandemic.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: June 7, 2024

Date Posted: 6/07/2024

ATPE weighs in on OER materials on statewide political analysis program “State of Texas.” Plus, TEA releases STAAR EOC results.

Texas Education Agency releases first open education resource materials as part of HB 1605 implementation

Date Posted: 6/04/2024

ATPE has expressed concerns about the effect of OER curriculum on the freedom to teach since HB 1605 was introduced during the 88th Legislature.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 31, 2024

Date Posted: 5/31/2024

The 89th Legislature begins to take shape as primary elections conclude. Plus, public feedback begins on controversial OER materials.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas House runoffs bring wave of GOP incumbent defeats, give Abbott votes for school vouchers

Date Posted: 5/29/2024

Six of eight GOP incumbents lost their races. Gov. Greg Abbott declared he “now has enough votes to pass school choice.”

Primary runoff election results

Date Posted: 5/29/2024

It was a bad night for incumbents as three of four pro-public education incumbents were defeated by Abbott-backed, voucher-supporting challengers.

Teach the Vote Week in Review: May 24, 2024

Date Posted: 5/24/2024

In case you hadn’t heard, a Very Important Election is taking place Tuesday. Make a plan to vote.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 17, 2024

Date Posted: 5/17/2024

A big week of breaking public ed news and a storm that shut down Houston-area schools precede critical primary runoff elections.

From The Texas Tribune: A GOP Texas school board member campaigned against schools indoctrinating kids. Then she read the curriculum.

Date Posted: 5/16/2024

Courtney Gore, a Granbury ISD school board member, has disavowed the far-right platform she campaigned on. Her defiance has brought her backlash.

Who’s eligible to vote in the primary runoffs?

Date Posted: 5/16/2024

Primary runoff elections can be decided by a single vote. Make it yours!

Abbott denies responsibility for public school budget crisis

Date Posted: 5/15/2024

The governor appears to be doing some damage control this week amid growing calls for a special session to address school funding.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 10, 2024

Date Posted: 5/10/2024

Voters show their support for public schools while the Texas House is tasked with exploring avenues to pass a voucher.

House interim charges released

Date Posted: 5/09/2024

Speaker Dade Phelan (R–Beaumont) announced 68 interim charges for Texas House committees Wednesday, almost a month after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) released charges for the Senate.

Survey on School Vouchers

Date Posted: 5/09/2024

ATPE Lobbyist Heather Sheffield discusses the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation's recent poll results concerning vouchers.

May 4 Election Results

Date Posted: 5/07/2024

Voter turnout was low all over Texas, but the voters that did turn out supported our public schools.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 3, 2024

Date Posted: 5/03/2024

School board and bond elections are tomorrow, runoffs are just around the corner, and vouchers are (still) unpopular among the majority of Texas voters.

TRS Board discusses Medicare Advantage premiums, sets TRS-ActiveCare employer plan rates

Date Posted: 5/03/2024

A vote to lower TRS Medicare Advantage premiums is expected in July. Also, nominations are open for at-large and retired board positions.

May the Fourth Be with You at the Polling Place

Date Posted: 4/30/2024

We know you just voted in the primary, but it’s time to vote again—and maybe one more time after that, depending on where you live.

SBEC meets to debate the future of TX TPA, teacher pedagogy standards

Date Posted: 4/29/2024

Lengthy debate ensued on “lesson design” vs. “lesson internalization.”

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 26, 2024

Date Posted: 4/26/2024

Are you ready to vote in the May 4 local election and, if applicable, the May 28 primary runoff?

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 19, 2024

Date Posted: 4/19/2024

Listen to the latest episode of The ATPE Podcast learn why your vote in school board, appraisal, and bond elections is so critical.

5th Circuit Court denies rehearing in publishers’ Texas library book lawsuit

Date Posted: 4/18/2024

Author of HB 900 urges Paxton to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

TRS board to consider lowering TRS-Care Medicare Advantage premiums

Date Posted: 4/17/2024

Increased legislative funding, federal changes mean TRS is positioned to pass on savings to plan participants.

Texas Tribune hosts panel on the impact of new legislation on Texas public education

Date Posted: 4/16/2024

The hourlong conversation focused primarily on the need for and impact of three pieces of legislation passed in 2023.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 12, 2024

Date Posted: 4/12/2024

SBOE criticizes TEA staff handling of edTPA rulemaking; plus, don’t miss next week’s hearing on the GPO and WEP.

Taking a deeper look at the commissioner’s comments on teacher preparation

Date Posted: 4/12/2024

ATPE Lobbyist Tricia Cave examines statements made by TEA Commissioner Mike Morath this week about teacher preparation, employment, and hiring practices.

Texas Senate interim charges for 2024 released

Date Posted: 4/12/2024

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his list of topics for senators to explore and discuss ahead of the 2025 legislative session.

SBOE committee recommends operationalizing edTPA in Texas

Date Posted: 4/12/2024

ATPE opposes removing edTPA pilot status as it aligns to Common Core without a Texas-developed alternative.

SBOE chastises agency in approval of latest edTPA rule change

Date Posted: 4/12/2024

TEA staff received stinging criticism over their handling of edTPA rulemaking and a proposal for a Texas-based alternative.

More than one-third of new Texas teachers are uncertified

Date Posted: 4/10/2024

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath reported this troubling statistic and more during his presentation to the State Board of Education Wednesday.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas will use computers to grade written answers on this year’s STAAR tests

Date Posted: 4/09/2024

The state will save more than $15 million by using technology similar to ChatGPT to give initial scores, reducing the number of human graders needed. The decision caught some educators by surprise.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 5, 2024

Date Posted: 4/05/2024

A new SBEC member, a new SBOE website, and a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse—don’t miss this week’s top txed news.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 29, 2024

Date Posted: 3/29/2024

Here are a few links to check out over what we hope is a restful weekend with your family and friends!

TEA proposes rule to implement advanced middle school math bill

Date Posted: 3/27/2024

SB 2124 requires certain students to be enrolled in such programs unless their parent opts out.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 22, 2024

Date Posted: 3/22/2024

The ATPE Governmental Relations team recaps the past week’s education news, legislative and election updates, and regulatory developments.

What’s the real goal here?

Date Posted: 3/22/2024

Analysis: A recent AG press release is yet another example of promoting misleading scenarios for political gain.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 15, 2024

Date Posted: 3/15/2024

The White House lays out its proposed budget, which includes an additional $8 billion for K-12 education, and Abbott celebrates election victories that increase his odds of passing voucher legislation in the next session.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 8, 2024

Date Posted: 3/08/2024

Tuesday’s primary resulted in a Legislature far less friendly to public education as voters sent six anti-voucher state reps home. Four more are headed to runoffs.

White House Unveils K-12 Policy Agenda Targeting Attendance, Tutoring, Afterschool Learning

Date Posted: 3/08/2024

The White House announced its K-12 policy agenda in January, aiming to get students back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic.

From The Texas Tribune: School voucher supporters bask in primary wins, say goals are within reach

Date Posted: 3/07/2024

Gov. Greg Abbott called the results “an unmistakable message.” His allies said the state is “closer than ever” to a voucher program.

Primary elections result in major Texas House turnover

Date Posted: 3/07/2024

Nine House Republicans lost their primary races, including six targeted by state leadership and out-of-state donors for being anti-voucher.

$600,000 fraud found in Arizona voucher program, raising questions about accountability and oversight

Date Posted: 3/04/2024

Five people, including three state employees, were indicted Feb. 29 for creating “ghost students” to siphon $600,000 from the state’s voucher program.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 1, 2024

Date Posted: 3/01/2024

Are you one of the 16.5 million registered Texas voters who haven’t voted? What are you waiting for?!

As election mail fills mailboxes, which sources can you trust?

Date Posted: 2/27/2024

What types of donors are behind the organizations funding multimillion dollar campaigns against pro-public education incumbents?

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Feb. 23, 2024

Date Posted: 2/23/2024

The public education community has the power to make this primary a referendum on public education—if we turn out to vote.

Teach the Vote Guide to Endorsements in the 2024 Texas Primaries

Date Posted: 2/22/2024

As you review campaign materials, it’s helpful to know which organizations are making endorsements and what they stand for.

About those Greg Abbott endorsements

Date Posted: 2/21/2024

The governor is taking the unusual step of campaigning against Republican incumbents in a hard and ugly way over the voucher issue.

2024 Republican Primary ballot propositions

Date Posted: 2/21/2024

Voting began Tuesday in the most consequential election for public education in recent memory, and vouchers are both literally and figuratively on the Republican ballot.

SBEC approves rule changes governing educator preparation, certification

Date Posted: 2/21/2024

SBEC also discussed the rubric used for special education teachers to prove they are “highly qualified.”

Teach the Vote Week in Review: Feb. 9, 2024

Date Posted: 2/09/2024

Need to get your colleagues, friends, and family fired up about the primary elections? We’ve got some good information for you.

What Makes a Candidate Pro-Public Education?

Date Posted: 2/09/2024

ATPE Governmental Relations Director Monty Exter explains what you can do to ensure the candidates you're voting for are truly pro-public education.

Fed Up? It's Time to Show Up

Date Posted: 2/09/2024

If you’re fed up, it’s time to show up. Learn how you can use your vote to fight back against lawmakers who put politics over public school students.

Why vouchers matter

Date Posted: 2/07/2024

Vouchers would defund and destroy our neighborhood public schools in order to create a taxpayer-funded entitlement for parents with students in private schools.

Teach the Vote Week in Review: Feb. 2, 2024

Date Posted: 2/02/2024

This week, 107 votes decided a special election runoff. Your vote matters—and Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the March primaries.

SBOE initially approves new instructional materials process under HB 1605

Date Posted: 1/31/2024

SBOE also received the TEA annual report and questioned Commissioner Mike Morath on Houston ISD, HB 900, teacher mental health, and more.

J. Dutton defeats Money in HD 2 special election runoff

Date Posted: 1/31/2024

Rep.-elect Jill Dutton (R–Van Zandt) pulled off a surprise win in the House District (HD) 2 race Tuesday, defeating an Abbott- and Paxton-endorsed candidate.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 26, 2024

Date Posted: 1/26/2024

In 2023, educators faced a slew of challenges. Take a look back at the data outlining how these issues affected educators across the country and listen to a message from the ATPE lobby on how engaging early in 2024 will help Texas educators moving forward.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 19, 2024

Date Posted: 1/19/2024

Leadership and training failures were catastrophic in Uvalde shooting response, per DOJ report released Thursday.

From The Texas Tribune: School voucher supporter gave Gov. Greg Abbott $6 million in December

Date Posted: 1/16/2024

The contribution is the largest single campaign donation in Texas history, according to Abbott’s campaign.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 12, 2024

Date Posted: 1/12/2024

Learn why primary elections are the REAL March madness in our upcoming Gen ATPE webinar. Plus: vouchers and TIA in the news.

Houston Chronicle examines Abbott's targeting of pro-public ed House Republican incumbents

Date Posted: 1/12/2024

Abbott is following a model used by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to target Republican incumbents in the way of a private school voucher push.

Rep. Glenn Rogers decries vouchers, says they are “not conservative” in local op-ed

Date Posted: 1/09/2024

House District (HD) 60 Rep. Dr. Glenn Rogers (R–Weatherford) published an op-ed in the Palo Pinto Press last week that aimed to debunk the arguments of the school voucher supporters targeting his seat.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 5, 2024

Date Posted: 1/05/2024

Social media mudslinging is in full swing one month out from the voter registration deadline for the 2024 primaries.

Abbott appoints new SBOE chair

Date Posted: 12/18/2023

Aaron Kinsey (R–Midland), first elected to the board in November 2022, replaces Texas Parent PAC-endorsed Dr. Keven Ellis (R–Lufkin).

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Dec. 15, 2023

Date Posted: 12/15/2023

As 2023 winds down and 2024 begins, the fight to support public schools and stave off private school vouchers continues. Plus, SBOE considers HB 1605 implementation and sexual content in library books.

2024 primaries take shape following Dec. 11 filing deadline

Date Posted: 12/13/2023

Many public education allies are retiring from the Legislature, and top state leaders are targeting pro-public ed representatives.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Dec. 8, 2023

Date Posted: 12/08/2023

Attention turns to the 2024 primaries as the Legislature finally goes home (at least for now).

SBEC adopts proposed changes to teacher residency programs, rules for Educator Preparation Programs

Date Posted: 12/08/2023

ATPE provided testimony as part of the Texas Council for Educator Preparation (TCEP).

Allison attempts to bring up teacher pay raises; Legislature adjourns sine die

Date Posted: 12/05/2023

Last-minute effort to bring up a voucher-less school funding bill was shut down by Speaker Dade Phelan.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Dec. 1, 2023

Date Posted: 12/01/2023

With just a few days left in the fourth special session, the House could still send a voucher-less educator pay raise to the governor.

U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on Social Security’s Disservice to Public Servants

Date Posted: 11/21/2023

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to discuss how WEP and GPO mistreat government workers.

Texas House rejects voucher bill, sending clear message to governor

Date Posted: 11/18/2023

Chairman Brad Buckley sent the voucher-less HB 1 back to committee to die, killing teacher pay and school funding portions of the bill.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Nov. 17, 2023

Date Posted: 11/17/2023

Texas House strips vouchers from House Bill 1 in effort led by Rep. John Raney (R–Bryan).

ATPE Statement on Passage of Raney Amendment to HB 1

Date Posted: 11/17/2023

Thank you to the House members who stood strong with their constituents and withstood political pressure to do what is right by Texas’ more than 5.4 million public school students.

SBOE grills TEA commissioner on special education, A-F ratings, and more

Date Posted: 11/17/2023

Commissioner Mike Morath left the meeting before dozens of Houston ISD educators spoke during public testimony about the state’s takeover of their district.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Nov. 10, 2023

Date Posted: 11/10/2023

The governor calls a fourth special session, Texas voters show strong support for retired educators, and the voucher bill advances.

Voucher bill voted out of committee, headed for floor showdown

Date Posted: 11/10/2023

House Bill (HB) 1 by Chairman Brad Buckley (R–Salado) was voted out of committee on Friday morning by a vote of 10-4.

House Select Committee holds all-day voucher hearing, leaves bill pending for now

Date Posted: 11/09/2023

The Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment met Thursday to consider House Bill (HB) 1 by Chairman Brad Buckley (R–Salado), which includes a voucher in the form of an Education Savings Account (ESA). 

Texas voters show strong support for educators in constitutional election

Date Posted: 11/08/2023

Texas voters presented an overwhelming show of support for retired teachers, passing a cost-of-living adjustment for retired educators by the widest margin of the election.

Call to Action: Submit public comments for the Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment

Date Posted: 11/08/2023

The committee will meet Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9-10, 2023. We strongly encourage all educators and supporters of public education to submit a comment to the committee.

Third special session draws to a close with a fourth special session announced

Date Posted: 11/07/2023

The third special session has wrapped up without a deal on vouchers, one of Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) top priority bills.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Nov. 3, 2023

Date Posted: 11/03/2023

Despite the drama in Austin, opposition to private school vouchers remains strong in the Texas House.

Voucher bill likely dead as special session enters its final days

Date Posted: 11/02/2023

Less than a week remains in the special session, and the Texas House has not moved voucher legislation forward despite a strong push from Gov. Greg Abbott.

ATPE Statement on Expanded Special Session Call

Date Posted: 10/31/2023

Nothing has changed in the public education community’s opposition to vouchers.

Abbott expands special session call; House lacks quorum to do business

Date Posted: 10/31/2023

Special Session No. 3 roared back to life Tuesday as the House lacked a quorum to do business for a second day in a row, prompting a flurry of accusations from both parties about who was responsible for the halt in House business.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Oct. 27, 2023

Date Posted: 10/27/2023

The Texas House gets locked in limbo over vouchers, early voting continues through Nov. 3, and a Texas judge rules on TEA's A-F ratings.

Election Day is just around the corner. Here are the 14 propositions on this year's ballot.

Date Posted: 10/27/2023

Propositions are a chance for voters to weigh in on policy that affects all Texans, so it is critical to make a plan to vote.

Buckley voucher plan in limbo as stalemate continues between him and the governor

Date Posted: 10/25/2023

ATPE-opposed HB 1 is a private school voucher with many “sweeteners” meant to entire rural Republicans to support the bill.

From The Texas Tribune: House, Senate bills at odds over power to boost future funding for Texas school voucher program

Date Posted: 10/23/2023

The Senate’s Republican bill would let state leaders grow the program by taking money from other agencies without the Legislature’s approval. The House bill would bar the practice.

ATPE Statement on HB 1

Date Posted: 10/20/2023

No matter what sweeteners are added, ATPE opposes any bill that includes a voucher.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Oct. 20, 2023

Date Posted: 10/20/2023

Rep. Brad Buckley files 184-page voucher bill in the House, plus early voting begins Monday in constitutional amendment and HD 2 special elections.

ATPE Statement on HB 177, the Fully Fund Our Future Act

Date Posted: 10/19/2023

Proposal highlights all we could accomplish by bringing Texas public schools up to the national average in per-pupil funding instead of squandering resources on vouchers.

House Democrats file $40 billion education spending bill

Date Posted: 10/19/2023

HB 177 highlights what could be accomplished by bringing Texas public schools up to the national average in per-pupil funding instead of squandering resources on vouchers.

Republican SBOE member denounces private school vouchers

Date Posted: 10/18/2023

Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member Evelyn Brooks (R–Frisco) posted a video this week outlining her concerns with SB 1.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Oct. 13, 2023

Date Posted: 10/13/2023

Senate sends virtually unlimited voucher program to the House, and Abbott openly announces he is using teacher pay as a carrot to pass vouchers.

From The Texas Tribune: Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll add teacher pay to the special session — but only if lawmakers pass school voucher bill

Date Posted: 10/13/2023

Though lawmakers have drafted a bill to increase public school funding and issue teacher raises, they cannot pass during the special session unless Abbott adds them to his agenda. Teachers were the only state employees to not receive a raise in the regular session.

Texas Senate passes virtually unlimited voucher

Date Posted: 10/13/2023

The Senate passed SB 1, which would create a virtually unlimited voucher program diverting public funds to those already attending private schools.

Senate committee advances unlimited voucher bill

Date Posted: 10/11/2023

The committee voted on party lines Tuesday to advance a bill that would create a voucher program open to virtually all applicants.

From The Texas Tribune: Special session on school vouchers begins with Republicans in disarray

Date Posted: 10/10/2023

As the special session began Monday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan were at each other's throats.

From The Texas Tribune: Vouchers return this special session—and school funding might be left out

Date Posted: 10/09/2023

Lawmakers have returned to Austin for their second attempt this year to pass a statewide school voucher program, but whether they’ll seek to give schools additional funding is up in the air.

ATPE statement on Gov. Greg Abbott's special session call

Date Posted: 10/09/2023

The call for “education savings accounts for all Texas schoolchildren” would dramatically increase burden on taxpayers and ignores the real funding issues in Texas public schools.

Special session and election resources for educators and txed supporters

Date Posted: 10/07/2023

Get ready for the October 2023 special session and 2024 election season with these tips for public education advocates.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Oct. 6, 2023

Date Posted: 10/06/2023

Educators are gathering Saturday in Austin for the Boot Vouchers 2023 rally ahead of a special session on private school vouchers that begins Monday, Oct. 9.

Governor Abbott releases proclamation for third special session

Date Posted: 10/06/2023

Private school vouchers top the agenda for the session set to begin Monday, Oct. 9, 2023.

Baptist General Convention of Texas pushes back against Abbott and "School Choice Sunday"

Date Posted: 10/04/2023

The Baptist General Convention of Texas released a statement Tuesday from 21 of its current and past presidents and executive directors condemning Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for pastors to “go to the pulpit” on Sunday, Oct. 15, and push their congregations to support his voucher proposal.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Sept. 29, 2023

Date Posted: 9/29/2023

It’s time to prepare for the special session with ATPE’s resources to help educators fight against private school vouchers.

SBEC considers changes to rules governing Educator Preparation Programs

Date Posted: 9/29/2023

ATPE Lobbyist Tricia Cave recaps the State Board for Educator Certification's latest meeting.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Sept. 22, 2023

Date Posted: 9/22/2023

The Paxton acquittal and the governor’s remarks during a telephone town hall on private school vouchers heat up conflict at the Capitol.

Abbott encourages faith leaders to "go to the pulpit" on vouchers

Date Posted: 9/20/2023

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) took part in a telephone town hall Tuesday with faith leaders from across the state.

Texas Senate reaches verdict in Paxton impeachment trial

Date Posted: 9/16/2023

The Texas Senate has acquitted Attorney General Paxton on all articles of impeachment.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Sept. 15, 2023

Date Posted: 9/15/2023

TEA delays release of revamped A-F ratings to reconsider inclusion of 2021-22 data; TRS begins issuing one-time stipends to eligible retirees; and more.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Sept. 8, 2023

Date Posted: 9/08/2023

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial gets underway, the Texas School Coalition explains the problem with recapture, and Texans for Public Education plan an anti-voucher rally in Austin Oct. 7.

Paxton impeachment trial begins in the Senate

Date Posted: 9/06/2023

The impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) began Tuesday in the Texas Senate, with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) presiding over votes on various motions submitted by the defense team in an effort to dismiss the case.

The problem with recapture

Date Posted: 9/06/2023

When it comes to the state’s school finance equalization method, setting the bar too low for everyone is not equitable.

ATPE Supports HR 5342: Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2023

Date Posted: 9/06/2023

We urge the entire Texas delegation to sign on as co-sponsors to this bipartisan legislation that replaces the Windfall Elimination Provision in Social Security law.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Sept. 1, 2023

Date Posted: 9/01/2023

SBOE discusses implementation of new legislation as hundreds of new laws take effect.

SBOE committee offers preliminary feedback on library books

Date Posted: 8/31/2023

An SBOE committee offered preliminary feedback Thursday on standards for the development of school library collections required by House Bill (HB) 900.

Commissioner discusses latest STAAR scores and A-F with SBOE

Date Posted: 8/30/2023

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath also answered questions about Houston ISD libraries and the PragerU curriculum in his regular SBOE update.

SBOE discusses new instructional materials process

Date Posted: 8/30/2023

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath and staff walked SBOE members through changes required under House Bill (HB) 1605 as passed by the 88th Legislature.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Aug. 25, 2023

Date Posted: 8/25/2023

ATPE fights for educators in Washington, D.C., and school districts file suit against Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath over new A-F accountability standards.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Aug. 18, 2023

Date Posted: 8/18/2023

Select committee report rehashes failed legislation, and TRS prepares to send its largest one-time supplemental check thus far.

Important information about TRS one-time checks

Date Posted: 8/18/2023

With TRS just weeks away from sending one-time checks to thousands of retirees, ATPE shares a few important reminders.

Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment releases long-awaited report

Date Posted: 8/14/2023

Committee recommendations set up likely special session battle over vouchers

ATPE Statement on House Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Report

Date Posted: 8/14/2023

Public educators believe a compromise on vouchers would compromise the future of Texas public schools.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Aug. 11, 2023

Date Posted: 8/11/2023

The ATPE Governmental Relations team recaps the past week’s education news, legislative and election updates, and regulatory developments.

House and Senate majorities offer very different visions for (de)funding public education

Date Posted: 8/11/2023

Republicans on education appropriations subcommittee propose an 80% cut to Title I funding.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Aug. 4, 2023

Date Posted: 8/04/2023

ATPE weighs in on current political climate for education in Houston Chronicle story—plus, a look at federal ed prep and special education developments.

Federal education, labor departments team up to expand teacher preparation programs, apprenticeships

Date Posted: 8/04/2023

The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor have teamed up to invest in two key educator pathways as part of their Raise the Bar: Lead the World initiative, which seeks to reduce educator shortages and improve classroom conditions for educators.

ATPE's Teach the Vote wishes you a great weekend

Date Posted: 7/28/2023

Stay cool, stay safe, and watch The Texas Tribune panel!

Guest Post: A classroom teacher, a superintendent, and a state senator talk about #txed

Date Posted: 7/28/2023

Region 20 ATPE Director Laura Herrera reflects on the July 25 Texas Tribune conversation “Where Do Public Schools Go from Here?”

Texas Tribune panel examines teacher pay, vouchers, and other top education issues from the 88th Legislature

Date Posted: 7/27/2023

ATPE member Laura Herrera provided the teacher perspective during the hourlong conversation, which is now available on demand.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: July 21, 2023

Date Posted: 7/21/2023

Register for Tuesday’s Texas Tribune conversation on public schools, plus SBEC news and ATPE’s federal advocacy on 529 plans.

SBEC discusses educator preparation pathways, performance assessments, and more at July 2023 meetings

Date Posted: 7/21/2023

The State Board for Educator Certification met July 20-21, 2023, to discuss development of a Texas-specific TPA and other ed prep issues.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: July 14, 2023

Date Posted: 7/14/2023

Second special session ends with tax relief but no education funding, and a House select committee meets in advance of another expected special session on vouchers.

House Select Committee holds two-day hearing on “educational opportunity and enrichment”

Date Posted: 7/13/2023

The committee met July 11-12, 2023, to hear invited testimony only on private school vouchers and a variety of public education issues.

Highlights of the ATPE lobbyists’ advocacy update during the ATPE Summit

Date Posted: 7/11/2023

Hundreds of ATPE members attended an early morning presentation by the lobby team on recent developments at the Texas State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.

Texas House and Senate reach a deal on property tax relief

Date Posted: 7/10/2023

Educators are snubbed once again as the deal announced July 10, 2023, excludes teacher pay increases previously touted by each chamber.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: July 7, 2023

Date Posted: 7/07/2023

Texas legislators continue to mull competing tax relief plans, and a new House committee meets next week to discuss private school vouchers and other education reforms.

Call to Action: Submit public comments for the Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment

Date Posted: 7/07/2023

The committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12-13, 2023. We encourage educators to submit written public comments, as the committee will hear from invited witnesses only during the live hearings.

Texas House Democrats announce tax relief proposal with increases for school funding and teacher pay

Date Posted: 7/06/2023

A group of Democratic state representatives shared a plan Thursday to reduce property taxes while increasing the Basic Allotment for public schools and teacher pay.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: June 30, 2023

Date Posted: 6/30/2023

A second special session is underway as Gov. Abbott pushes for property tax cuts and the Senate adds a teacher bonus to its bill.

ATPE’s 88th Regular Legislative Session Wrap-up

Date Posted: 6/29/2023

Read ATPE's summary of education bills considered during the 2023 regular session of the Texas Legislature.

First day of second special session brings surprise teacher compensation amendment

Date Posted: 6/29/2023

On Wednesday, the Texas Senate amended a property tax bill to offer teachers a one-time retention bonus. The measure has not been considered yet by the House.

Abbott calls second special session of Texas Legislature beginning June 27, 2023

Date Posted: 6/27/2023

Gov. Greg Abbott called lawmakers back to Austin for an immediate special session to cut school property taxes.

Texas Senate adjourns sine die as House Speaker calls representatives to Austin ahead of Second Called Session

Date Posted: 6/27/2023

Speaker Dade Phelan told House members to plan for another special session to begin Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: June 23, 2023

Date Posted: 6/23/2023

Abbott targets House members for anti-voucher stances by vetoing unrelated bills as Morath previews expected drop in A-F ratings.

SBOE reverses two of three preliminary charter vetoes

Date Posted: 6/23/2023

The State Board of Education SBOE reversed course on two recommendations to veto charter chain applications up for final approval at the board’s meeting this week.

Commissioner: September A-F ratings will not be “apples to apples”

Date Posted: 6/22/2023

Commissioner Mike Morath spoke to the State Board of Education Wednesday about how school accountability ratings will differ from last year’s ratings.

Abbott wields veto power in attempt to sway pro-education legislators

Date Posted: 6/20/2023

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) viciously wielded his veto power for seemingly purely political purposes over the final weekend of the veto period, vetoing 45 bills.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: June 16, 2023

Date Posted: 6/16/2023

The voucher debate makes headlines as a House select committee is formed and Abbott promises legislation that looks like HB 100 as it left the Senate.

Abbott signs omnibus school safety bill that boosts funding for campus security

Date Posted: 6/15/2023

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the 88th Legislature’s omnibus school safety bill June 14, 2023, providing needed funding for shoring up school safety in the wake of the Uvalde tragedy.

Abbott signs “Parental Empowerment” bills

Date Posted: 6/12/2023

Gov. Greg Abbott signed four bills June 12, 2023, on issues including curriculum and library book contents.

Texas House Speaker announces new committee as Gov. Abbott reiterates voucher threats

Date Posted: 6/12/2023

Speaker Dade Phelan announced a new Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment as Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated his intent to call a special session on vouchers.

ATPE Statement on House Select Committee on Educational Opportunity and Enrichment

Date Posted: 6/12/2023

State’s largest educator association reminds House members that tying vouchers to either educator pay or the accountability system has proven to be a nonstarter with the public education community.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: June 9, 2023

Date Posted: 6/09/2023

The special session standoff continues. Plus, don’t miss the ATPE Summit legislative update or your opportunity to apply for ATPE state committee service.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: June 2, 2023

Date Posted: 6/02/2023

The HB 100 voucher scheme dies at the end of regular session, plus a special session and the TEA takeover of Houston ISD begin.

From The Texas Tribune: Tension over property taxes produces rare public clash between Dan Patrick, Greg Abbott

Date Posted: 6/01/2023

Always happy to castigate the Texas House, Patrick breaks form to criticize the governor as misinformed and unsympathetic toward homeowners.

Voucher dies as final weekend of 88th Legislature brings conflict between House and Senate

Date Posted: 5/30/2023

HB 100 was a casualty of a breakdown in communications between the House and Senate as the regular session drew to a close.

Statement on legislative impasse over teacher pay raise

Date Posted: 5/28/2023

ATPE thanks legislators who stood strong with public education students and educators during the 2023 regular legislative session.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 26, 2023

Date Posted: 5/26/2023

Vouchers are still a threat and the attorney general faces impeachment in the final days of the 88th Legislature.

Apply for the TRS Retirees Advisory Committee by Aug. 15

Date Posted: 5/25/2023

The Teacher Retirement System (TRS) is seeking nominations for three vacant positions on its Retirees Advisory Committee (RAC).

Senate bills die in Texas House as another midnight deadline passes

Date Posted: 5/24/2023

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, was a critical deadline for Senate bills to pass the House in order to stay alive.

Texas Senate revives voucher, effectively killing teacher pay raise legislation

Date Posted: 5/24/2023

The Senate hastily resurrected a dead voucher bill this week, killing one of the last hopes for a teacher pay raise, an increase in school funding, and needed special education funding reform.

Statement on Senate Leadership’s Addition of a Voucher to HB 100

Date Posted: 5/22/2023

State’s largest educator association condemns squandering of historic opportunity to invest in public education.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 19, 2023

Date Posted: 5/19/2023

Saturday is the deadline for House committees to advance Senate legislation, but the fight to advance public education is not yet over this session.

Senate Education Committee advances omnibus school library bill

Date Posted: 5/18/2023

The committee advanced an omnibus school library bill May 18, 2023, combining elements of two separate bills intended to restrict which books are allowed in school libraries.

House Public Education Committee hears testimony on SB 8, leaves bill pending for now

Date Posted: 5/17/2023

The committee met Monday, May 15, 2023, to hear invited testimony only on vouchers and testing changes proposed in CSSB 8 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R–Conroe).

Senate Education Committee advances school safety legislation

Date Posted: 5/17/2023

The committee held an impromptu meeting Tuesday, May 16, 2023, to vote on a handful of bills, including omnibus school safety legislation shepherded by Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville).

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 12, 2023

Date Posted: 5/12/2023

A dramatic showdown in the House means public educators have the weekend to speak out against Senate Bill 8, an unvetted voucher/testing conglomeration.

ATPE’s Dirty Dozen Reasons to Hate SB 8

Date Posted: 5/12/2023

Learn about the voucher bill (now with more testing for public school students!) some Texas lawmakers are trying to rush through the Legislature with little transparency or educator input.

Senate Education Committee hears omnibus school safety package

Date Posted: 5/12/2023

The committee met Thursday, May 11, 2023, to consider several bills, including an omnibus school safety package.

Senate Education Committee moves HB 4545 cleanup bill closer to passage

Date Posted: 5/11/2023

The Senate Education Committee moved one step closer to passage of a bill intended to alleviate the burdens of accelerated instruction requirements imposed by House Bill (HB) 4545 from 2021.

Showdown over SB 8 on the House floor as deadlines loom

Date Posted: 5/11/2023

The Texas House had a tense and contentious evening Wednesday, May 10, 2023, as an attempt was made to force a quick vote on a voucher bill.

ATPE testifies against SB 9 before House Public Education Committee

Date Posted: 5/10/2023

Senate Bill 9 is a so-called “Teacher Bill of Rights,” but it’s not supported by ATPE or any other major teacher organization.

Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) expelled from the Texas House

Date Posted: 5/09/2023

The Texas House voted 147-0 for HR 1542 Tuesday, May 9, 2023, to expel Rep. Bryan Slaton from the body following allegations of inappropriate behavior with a staffer under age 21.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: May 5, 2023

Date Posted: 5/05/2023

Don’t forget to vote Saturday in the May 6 local election. Plus, the House will be tackling its first Saturday calendar, which means sine die is nigh.

20 House bills still pending in Public Education Committee as deadline nears

Date Posted: 5/04/2023

Twenty House bills, including the five voucher bills, have been left pending in the House Public Education (HPE) Committee as a key May 8, 2023, deadline approaches.

Senate Education Committee hears first set of House bills

Date Posted: 5/04/2023

The committee met briefly Thursday, May 4, 2023, to hear its first round of House bills this session.

Curriculum bill HB 1605 passed by Texas House

Date Posted: 5/03/2023

ATPE has concerns the bill’s financial incentives to districts would create a de facto mandated curriculum.

House Public Education hears bill to require display of Ten Commandments in public schools

Date Posted: 5/03/2023

The committee met Tuesday, May 2, 2023, to hear eight bills, including one that would require public schools to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 28, 2023

Date Posted: 4/28/2023

With one month to go, the House advanced major school safety, school finance, and teacher recruitment and retention legislation this week.

School finance and teacher recruitment & retention bills approved by House

Date Posted: 4/27/2023

The House passed two priority bills related to school finance and teacher recruitment & retention, respectively, on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

Senate Education Committee considers curriculum audit legislation

Date Posted: 4/27/2023

ATPE opposed SB 165 at the committee’s April 27, 2023, meeting because it is unclear how curricula would be evaluated or how TEA could feasibly audit the curricula of more than 350,000 teachers annually.

Statement on Passage of House Bill (HB) 11

Date Posted: 4/26/2023

State’s largest educator association is pleased with amendment to HB 11 that will protect public oversight of certification rule making.

Why You Can’t Overlook Your Local School Board

Date Posted: 4/26/2023

If voting in the May 6 local election isn’t already on your to-do list, it should be after you read this article.

House Public Education Committee hears first Senate bills

Date Posted: 4/25/2023

The House Public Education Committee heard 10 bills, including the Senate’s major school safety bill

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 21, 2023

Date Posted: 4/21/2023

With 38 days left until sine die, the pace is fast and furious and the agendas are long at the State Capitol. We’ve got news about vouchers, school safety, the budget, and more.

House Public Education considers accountability, virtual education bills

Date Posted: 4/21/2023

ATPE testified April 20, 2023, against bills that would expand full-time virtual schools and allow chaplains without certification to serve as school counselors.

Senate Education Committee hears voucher aimed at school employee misconduct

Date Posted: 4/20/2023

The committee met Wednesday, April 19, 2023, to consider several bills, including a private school voucher tied to school employee misconduct.

Parental rights headline Public Education Committee hearing

Date Posted: 4/19/2023

The House Public Education Committee met April 18, 2023, in its first of three meetings this week to discuss grievance procedures and various other parental rights bills.

From The Texas Tribune: In overnight testimony, Uvalde victims’ family members call on Texas lawmakers to raise age to buy semi-automatic guns

Date Posted: 4/19/2023

The families of Uvalde shooting victims waited hours to testify at a House committee hearing in support of House Bill 2744, which would raise the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic guns from 18 to 21.

Make your voice heard in your local election this May

Date Posted: 4/19/2023

With increased politicization of education in recent years, making your voice heard at the ballot box is the best way to ensure your school board works in the best interest of your school community.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 14, 2023

Date Posted: 4/14/2023

ATPE members testified against vouchers during a marathon House hearing. Plus, TRS, school safety, and student discipline bills are moving.

Senate Education Committee considers discipline bill, special education voucher

Date Posted: 4/14/2023

The committee met Wednesday, April 12, 2023, to hear bills on classroom discipline, special education vouchers, and more, plus a vote on a major school safety bill.

Voucher legislation takes center stage in House Public Education Committee

Date Posted: 4/13/2023

ATPE members testified against vouchers during an April 11, 2023, hearing that stretched into the early morning hours.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: April 7, 2023

Date Posted: 4/07/2023

Opposing votes on vouchers from the House and Senate cap off a jam-packed week of action at the State Capitol.

ATPE Statement on House and Senate Voucher Votes

Date Posted: 4/06/2023

In April 6, 2023, press statement, ATPE thanks legislators in both chambers who stood up for public school students during votes on an anti-voucher budget amendment and Senate Bill 8.

Senate Bill 9 Is No Teacher Bill of Rights

Date Posted: 4/06/2023

In April 6, 2023, press statement, ATPE points to the trade-offs educators are being asked to take in exchange for a meager one-time $2,000 stipend for only some teachers.

Texas House takes first record vote against vouchers during budget debate

Date Posted: 4/06/2023

Lawmakers adopted an ATPE-backed amendment to prohibit state funds from being used for private school vouchers during the floor debate Thursday, April 6, 2023.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas House vote foreshadows tough road ahead for education savings accounts

Date Posted: 4/06/2023

State representatives approved an amendment banning the use of state funds in school voucher programs — a bad omen for ESAs, which have become a top cause for Gov. Abbott.

Senate Education Committee discusses school safety and truancy bills

Date Posted: 4/06/2023

The committee discussed the Senate’s priority school safety bill along with a variety of miscellaneous bills Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

House Public Education tackles school finance bills

Date Posted: 4/05/2023

ATPE urges legislators to raise the Basic Allotment and fund an across-the-board pay raise before expanding other programs.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 31, 2023

Date Posted: 3/31/2023

Another school shooting—this time at a private school—provides the backdrop for consideration of school safety bills. Plus, House and Senate committees dive into virtual education and curriculum.

Senate Education Committee considers virtual school, curriculum bills

Date Posted: 3/30/2023

The Texas Senate Education Committee considered bills on virtual schools, curriculum, and a variety of other subjects in a lengthy hearing Wednesday, March 29, 2023. 

A Comparison of Major TRS Legislation

Date Posted: 3/29/2023

Check out ATPE's side-by-side comparison of this session's major TRS legislation, including SB 10, which passed out of the Senate March 29, 2023.

House Public Education Committee discusses virtual schools and more

Date Posted: 3/29/2023

The committee met Tuesday, March 28, 2023, and ATPE testified on several bills. Votes on pending bills were also taken.

House committee discusses school safety bills

Date Posted: 3/28/2023

The House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety heard several bills Monday, March 27, 2023, intended to address school shootings.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 24, 2023

Date Posted: 3/24/2023

ATPE testifies against vouchers at marathon Senate Education Committee hearing, plus House committees hear bills on student restraint, curriculum, pre-k certification, and more.

Senate receives overwhelming opposition to vouchers

Date Posted: 3/23/2023

The Texas Senate Education Committee heard overwhelming opposition to school vouchers in a marathon hearing Wednesday, March 23.

House Public Education Committee considers bills on curriculum, library review

Date Posted: 3/23/2023

The pace at the Capitol noticeably increased this week, including in the House Public Education Committee where ATPE testified on several bills.

Physical restraint bill considered by House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety

Date Posted: 3/23/2023

After learning of potential language changes related to banning prone and supine restraint, ATPE testified neutrally and asked that HB 459 move forward as originally filed.

Potential school closures highlight statewide funding issue

Date Posted: 3/22/2023

Facing financial challenges, districts across the state are discussing potential school closures in an effort to cut costs.

A voucher is bad for public school students

Date Posted: 3/21/2023

A week of pro-voucher public relations doesn’t change the facts.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 17, 2023

Date Posted: 3/17/2023

The ATPE lobby team looks back at another busy legislative week and previews next week's big committee hearings on private school vouchers, TRS, teacher pay, and more.

House Public Education Committee holds first votes of 88th session 

Date Posted: 3/17/2023

The committee met Tuesday, March 14, to consider bills on issues ranging from health screenings to assessment of special needs students.

State formally announces its takeover of Houston ISD effective June 1, 2023

Date Posted: 3/15/2023

Education Commissioner Mike Morath will appoint a new superintendent and board of managers to replace HISD’s elected board of trustees.

Senate Education Committee discusses virtual school expansion

Date Posted: 3/15/2023

The committee considered nine bills Wednesday, including a proposal to lift the moratorium on full-time virtual schools in Texas.

Texas Senate reveals priority voucher bill

Date Posted: 3/13/2023

The Texas Senate filed its priority voucher bill in the form of an education savings account (ESA) program within Senate Bill 8 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe).

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 10, 2023

Date Posted: 3/10/2023

On final day of bill filing, Texas lawmakers rush to file legislation on vouchers, teacher pay, and more.

ATPE applauds filing of House teacher retirement bills

Date Posted: 3/09/2023

State’s largest educator association supports the House leadership’s approach to ensuring the financial security of retired educators.

House Public Education Committee meets for first consideration of bills during 88th session

Date Posted: 3/09/2023

Tuesday marked both the committee’s first consideration of bills in the 88th session and the first time for ATPE’s newest lobbyist, Tricia Cave, to testify on behalf of the association. 

ATPE defends requirement that school counselors have classroom experience

Date Posted: 3/08/2023

The association submitted testimony Wednesday to the Senate Education Committee defending the requirement that school counselors have teaching experience.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: March 3, 2023

Date Posted: 3/03/2023

Morath pushes off-the-shelf curriculum materials during House and Senate committee hearings, and the governor continues his pro-voucher PR tour. Plus, connect with ATPE at SXSW EDU.

Senate Education Committee promises teacher bill of rights, pay raise

Date Posted: 3/01/2023

The Texas Senate Committee on Education vowed to pass a pay raise and a “teacher bill of rights” in its first meeting of the 2023 legislative session.

House Public Education Committee holds first hearing

Date Posted: 3/01/2023

The House Public Education Committee held its first hearing of the 88th Legislature Tuesday, Feb. 28.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III holds first hearing

Date Posted: 3/01/2023

The Subcommittee on Article III (Public Education) met Monday, Feb. 27, to discuss budget recommendations for TEA, TRS, the Permanent School Fund, and more.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: ATPE members gather in Austin for ATPE at the Capitol event

Date Posted: 2/24/2023

Our lobby team attended the ATPE at the Capitol event along with ATPE members this week. We'll post our next Week in Review summary Friday, March 3.

State’s largest educator association reacts to TEA’s newly released Teacher Vacancy Task Force report

Date Posted: 2/24/2023

ATPE Executive Director Shannon Holmes offers the following statement in response to the Teacher Vacancy Task Force report released by the Texas Education Agency Feb. 24.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Feb. 17, 2023

Date Posted: 2/17/2023

The governor declared his emergency issues for the legislative session, and ATPE heads to the Capitol next week. Read more of the week’s news.

Governor declares vouchers an “emergency item” in State of the State address

Date Posted: 2/17/2023

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pressed lawmakers to allow public funds for private schools during his Feb. 16 speech.

From The Texas Tribune: In audio, high-ranking TEA official admits public school funds could drop with voucher-like programs

Date Posted: 2/15/2023

“School districts, what they have to do if they lose a student, [is] be smart about how they allocate their resources and maybe that’s one less fourth grade teacher,” said TEA's Steve Lecholop in a recorded call.

State’s largest educator association reacts to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s legislative priorities

Date Posted: 2/13/2023

ATPE Executive Director Shannon Holmes offers the following statement on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s legislative priorities.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Feb. 10, 2023

Date Posted: 2/10/2023

ATPE Governmental Relations recaps today’s SBEC meeting, new Texas House committee assignments, the State of the Union, and more.

SBEC discusses performance assessment, teacher residency programs at first 2023 meeting

Date Posted: 2/10/2023

The State Board for Educator Certification met Friday, Feb. 10, in Austin.

In Senate committee testimony, ATPE urges legislators to increase school funding, teacher pay, and retiree benefits

Date Posted: 2/10/2023

ATPE Governmental Relations Director Monty Exter testified at the Senate Finance Committee’s hearings this week on the state budget.

Buckley to chair Texas House Public Education Committee

Date Posted: 2/08/2023

Rep. Brad Buckley (R-Killeen) will chair the House Public Education Committee charged with oversight of preK-12 education policy, according to committee assignments announced today.

Op-Ed: Misuse of Charter School Funds Portends Issues with Vouchers

Date Posted: 2/07/2023

Northside (20) ISD Superintendent Brian Woods and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Superintendent Mark Henry have a powerful op-ed in the Feb. 6 San Antonio Express-News.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Feb. 3, 2023

Date Posted: 2/03/2023

The SBOE squeezed a four-day meeting into two, and most legislative activity was canceled this week due to a winter storm. Read more from ATPE Governmental Relations.

SBOE holds first meeting of 2023, debates private school vouchers

Date Posted: 2/03/2023

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott swore in six new members at the State Board of Education’s February 2023 meeting.

Guest Post: The Fight Over Parents’ Rights in Schools Misses the Point of Public Education

Date Posted: 2/01/2023

"The public good? Sounds like Marxism." Read more from guest writer Joel Nihlean.

An Education Savings Account is a voucher

Date Posted: 2/01/2023

ATPE says Gov. Greg Abbott’s support for an ESA voucher scheme overlooks the reality of sending taxpayer dollars out of the public school system.

From The Texas Tribune: With full state coffers and bipartisan support, Texas teachers are hopeful they’ll get a raise this year

Date Posted: 1/30/2023

The pandemic, inflation and burnout have pummeled teachers in the last few years. Lawmakers from both parties agree they should get a pay bump — but it won’t happen without negotiation.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Jan. 27, 2023

Date Posted: 1/27/2023

Teacher pay and voucher bills are generating media attention, and Texas senators received their committee assignments this week.

Senate announces committee assignments for 2023 legislative session

Date Posted: 1/23/2023

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced Senate committee assignments Monday for the 2023 legislative session.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 20, 2023

Date Posted: 1/20/2023

Texas state leaders were inaugurated this week and previewed their priorities for the legislative session now underway. Read more from the ATPE lobby team.

During inaugural ceremony, top Texas leaders vow to pass private school voucher legislation in 2023

Date Posted: 1/17/2023

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick used the Jan. 17 event to announce he is “all in” with Gov. Greg Abbott on passing a voucher bill this session.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 13, 2023

Date Posted: 1/13/2023

We’re off to the races! Catch up on a busy week of ATPE advocacy as the 88th Texas Legislature officially gets underway.

Phelan reelected Texas House Speaker as 2023 legislative session begins

Date Posted: 1/10/2023

The 88th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 10 at noon in Austin. Soon thereafter, the House reelected Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) as its presiding officer.

From The Texas Tribune: Texas lawmakers will have $188.2 billion available for the next budget after record-breaking revenue growth

Date Posted: 1/10/2023

It’s more money than legislators have ever had at their disposal, with an increase in available funds that dwarfs previous jumps between cycles. It’s also more than they can constitutionally spend.

Governor Abbott appoints Allred and Williams, reappoints Elliott to Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees

Date Posted: 1/09/2023

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Brittny Allred and Elvis Williams and reappointed John Elliott to the TRS board for terms to expire Aug. 31, 2027.

Teach the Vote’s Week in Review: Jan. 6, 2023

Date Posted: 1/06/2023

Happy New Year! ATPE is counting down the hours until the start of the 88th Texas Legislature. Catch up on the latest advocacy developments.

ATPE's Legislative Priorities for the 88th Texas Legislature

Date Posted: 1/05/2023

Texas lawmakers will convene in Austin Jan. 10. Take a look at ATPE's priorities for the 2023 regular session.

Virtual schools commission approves final recommendations for 2023 legislative session

Date Posted: 12/14/2022

At its Dec. 14 meeting, the Texas Commission on Virtual Education approved final legislative recommendations aimed at expanding full-time virtual school programs across the state.

ATPE joins congressional leaders at Washington press conference on Social Security reform

Date Posted: 12/14/2022

ATPE State President Stacey Ward and leaders of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee spoke to reporters in front of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 14.

ATPE joins congressional leaders at Washington press conference on Social Security reform

Date Posted: 12/14/2022

ATPE State President Stacey Ward and leaders of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee spoke to reporters in front of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Virtual schools commission approves final recommendations for 2023 legislative session

Date Posted: 12/14/2022

At its Dec. 14 meeting, the Texas Commission on Virtual Education approved final legislative recommendations aimed at expanding full-time virtual school programs across the state.

Media Advisory: Public Servants to Visit Capitol Dec. 14 to Exhort Congress to Act on Social Security WEP Reform Before Congress Ends

Date Posted: 12/08/2022

Leadership change, retirement of ranking member Brady mean the clock is ticking on potential for bipartisan change.

ATPE urges U.S. House leaders to strike a year-end deal on the WEP Social Security offset

Date Posted: 12/02/2022

ATPE and retiree groups are urging Congressional leaders to complete negotiations by the end of 2022 on a deal to fix the Windfall Elimination Provision.

Virtual commission discusses draft of its report to the 88th Texas Legislature

Date Posted: 12/01/2022

The Texas Commission on Virtual Education met Wednesday to discuss a draft of the commission’s findings and recommendations for the 2023 legislative session.

Lieutenant governor shares his 2023 session priorities for the Texas Senate

Date Posted: 11/30/2022

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 30, outlining priority issues and spending recommendations for the upcoming legislative session.

ATPE Statement on Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Legislative Priorities

Date Posted: 11/30/2022

State’s largest educator association urges legislators to engage public educators as they turn 'big concepts' into bills.

Texas State Board of Education votes to reject private school vouchers

Date Posted: 11/17/2022

The Republican-majority SBOE voted to urge the Texas Legislature to oppose vouchers in all forms in the upcoming 2023 legislative session.

Privatizers push vouchers in special education funding hearing

Date Posted: 11/15/2022

Proponents of school privatization renewed their push for private school vouchers in a Nov. 14 meeting of the Texas Commission on Special Education Funding.

TRS sells downtown Austin headquarters as it prepares to relocate

Date Posted: 10/05/2022

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas announced the sale of its property on Red River Street ahead of a move to a new location in Austin’s Mueller Business District.

SBEC continues conversation about edTPA during second work session

Date Posted: 9/30/2022

The certification board held another work session Sept. 29, 2022, to consider options for implementing the national edTPA performance assessment in Texas.

Education takes center stage in Texas governor’s race between Abbott and O’Rourke

Date Posted: 9/29/2022

As Gov. Greg Abbott (R) campaigns at private schools pushing for vouchers, his detractors are lambasting his record on education and response to school shootings.

Make a Plan to Vote!

Date Posted: 9/28/2022

Election Day is just around the corner, and Texas’ voter registration deadline is just over two weeks away.

Texas SBOE advances pared down social studies TEKS revisions

Date Posted: 9/26/2022

The State Board of Education voted Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, to advance a pared down revision of the curriculum standards to comply with new legislative requirements.

Texas House committees hear hours of testimony on educator recruitment, preparation, and retention ahead of the 2023 legislative session

Date Posted: 9/22/2022

ATPE shared educator preparation recommendations during invited testimony before the House Committees on Public Education and Higher Education, Sept. 20, 2022.

U.S. House committee hears bill to repeal Social Security offsets

Date Posted: 9/20/2022

Despite advancing the Ways and Means Committee Sept. 20, 2022, the WEP/GPO repeal legislation faces many hurdles, including a less supportive Senate.

From The Texas Tribune: Politics and pandemic are driving Texas teachers to consider quitting, survey finds

Date Posted: 9/09/2022

An online survey of 1,291 teachers by the Charles Butt Foundation shows more teacher dissatisfaction as Texas school districts scramble to attract talent.

Texas education commissioner discusses A-F ratings with SBOE

Date Posted: 9/01/2022

Commissioner Mike Morath updated the State Board of Education Wednesday on the latest school accountability ratings.