ATPE News

Fall 2016

ATPE News is the official publication of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the largest educator association in Texas. The magazine addresses the most important issues affecting public education in the state. Learn more at ATPE.org.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thank you to our generous sponsors and volunteers. Corporate partners Frost Bank, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union Educator of the Year Committee members Chair Marcie Helmke, Teresa Millard, Gerry Montes, Holli Rice, James Spears, and Ericka Thrower Leader of the Year Committee members Chair Ma Elena Ingram, Allen Bettis, Barbara Cantrell, Trasa Cobern, Jennifer Hill, Rashelle Nielsen, and Jerrica Pruitt Nomination/Election Committee members Chair Donna Ward, Gidget Belinoski-Bailey, Sheryl Bibles, Carolyn Hess, Bill Monty, Eli Rodriquez, Barbara Ruiz, and Angie Trevino Bylaws Committee Chair Christopher Adams Resolutions Committee Chair Janice Hornsby Legislative Committee and PAC Committee Chair Chris Douglas HOUSE OF DELEGATES ATPE's HOD gathering reflects our member-owned and member-governed philosophy. At the HOD, delegates represent local unit members and vote for leaders and on policies that will guide our association. This year, delegates met July 22 to vote for state officers and to consider proposed bylaws amendments; honorary, current, and standing resolutions; and the ATPE Legislative Program. Bylaws Amendments Members can visit atpe.org/about-atpe/governance/house-of- delegates to read the updated ATPE State Bylaws. The adopted amendments have the following effects starting with the 2017- 18 membership year: • An annual dues increase will be implemented for professional and associate members to ensure ATPE can continue offering the best benefits program in Texas. • A new administrator membership category will apply to principals; assistant, deputy, and area superintendents; and superintendents. • Candidates for state office will be required to have served as a local unit or region leader at least once in the last five years. Resolutions Honorary Resolution The HOD adopted an honorary resolution in honor of Past State President Richard Wiggins for his service to ATPE. Standing Resolutions The HOD readopted 13 standing resolutions without changes. Members can read the resolutions by visiting atpe.org/about- atpe/governance/house-of-delegates. Prefiled Resolutions It was resolved that in 2017 ATPE will establish a recruitment reward program for retirees and will encourage more retiree participation in recruitment from August through October. It was resolved that in 2017 the ATPE Board of Directors will consider submitting a 2017 bylaws amendment to the ATPE Bylaws Committee that would allow ATPE ambassadors to serve as voting delegates at the HOD. ATPE Legislative Program The ATPE Legislative Program, presented to legislators at the beginning of each legislative session, outlines the association's legislative priorities and guides ATPE Governmental Relations in its advocacy efforts. The HOD adopted the 2016-17 ATPE Legislative Program as recommended by the Legislative Committee; visit atpe.org/leg-program to review the program. 30 ATPE NEWS Photos by Erica Fos and John Kilpper

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