Spring 2016

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Page 2 of 43 | 3 spring 2016 COVER PHOTO BY JOHN KILPPER column departments special sections S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 ■ V O L U M E 3 6 ■ N U M B E R 3 features Navigating the Healthcare Maze Take a look at how educators are managing health- care challenges, and how school nurses are now on the front lines of the healthcare debates. PAGE 22 6 Regional Roundup 35 Your ATPE ATPE-PAC Honor Roll · Family Album · Classroom Makeover Winners · State Committee Appointments · It's Time Texas · HOD Meeting Notice · Board Reports 4 President's Message 5 Calendar 8 Education Inspiration 10 Recipe for Success 14 Spotlight 16 Texans on Education 31 Members Speak 32 2016 ATPE Summit 43 For the Record 12 Your Ally. Your Voice. ATPE Staf Attorney Jef Kelly discusses new rules that afect Texas educators, and Lobbyist Kate Kuhlmann explains the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. ON THE COVER 18 Texas's Teacher of the Year Meet Texas Teacher of the Year Revathi Balakrishnan from Round Rock ISD. 26 Out of the Classroom ATPE's university students are getting involved in the community and gaining valuable experience with students.

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