AUSTIN— Several Ballinger teachers joined more than 400 educators with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) at the Capitol, Monday, March 6.

AUSTIN— Several Ballinger teachers joined more than 400 educators with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) at the Capitol, Monday, March 6. They discussed with lawmakers important education issues, such as opposing school vouchers, funding an equitable solution to fully funding public education, and providing affordable healthcare options for public school employees.

“It was an honor to represent Ballinger ATPE at the State Capitol,” Cheryl Buchanan, Ballinger ISD school board member, said. “As an educator, I feel it’s my responsibility to learn about public education policies and voice my concerns. We want our legislators to know that educating students should be a priority, and well will not stand for any legislation seeking to rob Texas kids of a quality public education.”

“We came here with the hopes of establishing a stronger relationship with our lawmakers,” Darlene Kelly, Ballinger ATPE treasurer, said. “Our goal is to help legislators find a way to fully fund public education, because Texas students deserve the best – regardless of what zip code they live in.”

ATPE at the Capitol is a two-day event where educators learn about education policy and connect with their elected legislators. With more than 100,000 members, ATPE is the state’s largest educator group and the voice of public education.