October 2019

October 2019

Senate interim charges include investigating educators' political activity

Date Posted: 10/31/2019

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Texas) released interim charges for state senators late Wednesday.

House Public Education Committee gets an update on accountability, school finance bills

Date Posted: 10/30/2019

The House Public Education Committee met on Monday, Oct. 28, to hear an update on legislation from the 85th and 86th legislative sessions and testimony from panels of invited witnesses.

Building a culture of voting

Date Posted: 10/30/2019

We are approaching the end of the second week of early voting for the Nov. 5 general election. Have you voted yet?

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Oct. 25, 2019

Date Posted: 10/25/2019

Here's your weekly wrap-up of education news from ATPE Governmental Relations.

Texas election roundup: Speaker not running for reelection

Date Posted: 10/24/2019

The Texas political establishment was rocked by the announcement this week that Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) would not seek reelection.

New School Year, New Laws: Compensation Update

Date Posted: 10/21/2019

Welcome to our final blog post in ATPE's "New School Year, New Laws" blog series for Teach the Vote.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Oct. 18, 2019

Date Posted: 10/18/2019

Here's your weekly wrap-up of education news from the ATPE Governmental Relations team.

Learn what's on the ballot for the Nov. 2019 election 

Date Posted: 10/18/2019

What’s this constitutional election buzz all about anyway?

Texas election roundup: Campaign finances

Date Posted: 10/17/2019

A new set of campaign finance reports has shed some light on the 2020 races for federal office around Texas.

New School Year, New Laws: Charter Schools

Date Posted: 10/14/2019

This week, we will discuss legislative changes made during the 86th legislative session that will impact charter schools in Texas.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Oct. 11, 2019

Date Posted: 10/11/2019

Here's a look at this week's education news from the ATPE Governmental Relations team.

Texas election roundup: Big shakeup at SBOE

Date Posted: 10/10/2019

Last week, outgoing State Board of Education (SBOE) chair Donna Bahorich (R-Houston) announced her plans to retire from the board. Following her announcement, a number of her Republican colleagues have also indicated plans to retire.

Recap of the October 2019 SBEC meeting

Date Posted: 10/08/2019

On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) met to discuss several agenda items, including the repeal of Master Teacher certificates, implementation of recent educator misconduct legislation, and an update on the EdTPA pilot program.

New School Year, New Laws: Retirement Benefits

Date Posted: 10/07/2019

This week, we'll talk about educator pensions and retirement benefits, which saw major changes as a result of the 2019 legislative session.

In Fort Bend County's HD 28, a potential bellwether special election

Date Posted: 10/04/2019

On Nov. 5, 2019, voters statewide will weigh in on proposed constitutional amendments, but there are also a few special elections taking place that same day.

Texas election roundup: Change of address and no take-backs

Date Posted: 10/04/2019

This week's election news included a couple of eyebrow-raising developments.

Teach the Vote's Week in Review: Oct. 4, 2019

Date Posted: 10/04/2019

It's been a busy week for the ATPE Governmental Relations team. Here's a look at our lobbyists' latest reporting for Teach the Vote.

ATPE attends Texas Tribune Festival

Date Posted: 10/01/2019

The Texas Tribune held its annual TribFest event in Austin this past Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28, 2019.