ATPE News

Winter 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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ATPE NEWS 3 DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE A TPE is still the biggest and most influential educators' group in Texas, and we owe that to you. Thank you to everyone who has joined or renewed your member- ship, whether it's your first year with ATPE or your 37th. And a special thank you goes to all our volunteers who helped make this year's membership campaign a success! ATPE was built by and for its members, and we're grateful to have you representing the best educators' organization in the state. Even as our official membership cam- paign comes to a close (members can still join until Jan. 31, 2017!), we're pre- paring for the 85th Texas Legislature, which begins in January. A lot is at stake for educators. Healthcare, school finance, vouchers, testing, and payroll deduc- tion are some of the big issues we'll be tackling at the Capitol this session. See Governmental Relations Director Jennifer Canaday's article on pages 18-20 for a look at the legislative concerns facing educators as well as ATPE's stance. Our staff is ready to get to work fighting for the causes that matter most to you! Your voice matters, too. For this legislative session, we're proud to unveil our new legislative action tool, Advocacy Central, which will host all the information you need to have a successful session. You'll be able to track bills related to our legislative priorities and easily communicate with your legislators. You can even use it to register for ATPE at the Capitol (formerly known as Lobby Day) and manage appointments with your legislator! Join us this session as we continue to demand the best for Texas public schools and students. We're proud to be fighting alongside Texas educators. Gary G. Godsey ATPE Executive Director ATPE News The official publication of the Association of Texas Professional Educators State Officers Julleen Bottoms . . . . . . President, Corsicana (12) Carl Garner . . . . . . Vice President, Mesquite (10) Byron Hildebrand . . . Secretary, San Antonio (20) Tonja Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer, Abilene (14) Cory Colby . . . . . . . . . . Past President, Willis (6) Board of Directors Michael Sweet . . . . . . . Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (1) Cesarea Germain . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi (2) Andy Erdelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palacios (3) Eli Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . Cypress-Fairbanks (4) Suellen Ener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beaumont (5) Charles Lindsey II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnolia (6) Janie Leath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nacogdoches (7) Jimmy Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paris (8) Dale Lovett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olney (9) Meredith Malloy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ferris (10) Karen Hames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lewisville (11) Jason Forbis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Midway (12) Jayne Serna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leander (13) Desirie Ries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hawley (14) Darlene Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ballinger (15) Dawn Riley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bushland (16) Brenda Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hale Center (17) Bridget Loffler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Odessa (18) Rudy Romero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clint (19) Tina Briones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Antonio (20) ATPE Staff Gary G . Godsey . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director Alan Bookman . . . . . . Deputy Executive Director Elaine Acker . Mkting Communications Director ATPE News Staff Gary G . Godsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Editor Elaine Acker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor John Kilpper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Art Director Leslie Trahan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Managing Editor Erica Fos . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Graphic Designer Jean Schlitzkus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Writer/Editor ATPE News contains legislative advertising contracted for by Gary G . Godsey, Executive Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E . Huntland Dr . , Ste . 300, Austin, TX 78752-3792, representing ATPE . ATPE News (ISSN 0279-6260) is published quarterly in fall, winter, spring, and summer . Subscription rates: for members of the associ- ation, $3 . 32 per year (included in membership dues); non-members, $10 per year . Extra copies $1 . 25 each . Published by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E . Huntland Drive, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78752-3792 . 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