Summer 2017

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40 ATPE NEWS continued from page 18 that is collected for public schools in the public school system. As property values and taxes in- crease in local communities, the state increas- ingly shifts the burden for public education expenditures to local taxpayers. In fact, the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities estimates that the state "repurposed" more than $1.8 billion in the 85th legislature in this manner. Before the next legislative session, public education advo- cates should work hard to do two things. First, vote for sena- tors (several are up for election in 2018) and representatives who support public schools. Second, work diligently to raise awareness for the idea that tax money raised for public schools should stay in public schools. Who knows, with the extra mon- ey, maybe we can even enhance school choice programs within our public schools. B A N K I N G . I N V E S T M E N T S . I N S U R A N C E . We w o r k t o g e t h e r s o t h e y ' l l w o r k t o g e t h e r. f ro s t b a n k .c o m | ( 8 0 0 ) 5 1 3 -76 78 Investment and insurance products: are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, may lose value. Investment and insurance products are offered through Frost Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. Insurance products are also offered through Frost Insurance. Deposit and loan products are offered through Frost Bank, Member FDIC. The ATPE Blog is full of expert tips and useful resources! Have you visited the ATPE Blog lately? If not, you're missing out on tips for navigating the new teacher appraisal system, thoughts on the new A-F school rating system, a ton of education advocacy tools, classroom tips, and much more. The ATPE Blog is constantly being updated with the latest resources to help you do your job and with information about current Texas public education issues. Bookmark your association's blog now at ›› ADVERTISING ATPE Retired Members— Did you know you could earn a $100 VISA gift card just for sharing the wisdom you've gained from years in the education field? Young educators could really use your help. As a retired ATPE leader and educator, your experience and enthusiasm are invaluable resources. We invite you to put those resources to use by spreading the word about ATPE at new teacher orientations during the month of August. We'll supply you with everything you need, and as a thank you, you'll receive a $100 VISA gift card if you attend three orientations (limit five gift cards per person). ATPE can't cover every school district without your help! If you would like more information about how you can participate, please contact Chris Chodacki at cchodacki@ or (800) 777-2873.

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