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Educators could impact upcoming primary elections

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With the primary elections just a few days away education is proving to be a key issue for voters

The Association of Texas Professional Educators is holding conferences all over the state ahead of the March 4 elections.

Dozens of teachers and other education professionals met in Killeen this morning to talk about different education policies.

ATPE's Executive Director Gary Godsey says they don't endorse candidates but they do encourage people to do their research before they vote.

"Public education has taken a little bit of a beating in terms of funding over the last few cycles and our educators are concerned about the issues that affect them and certainly that affect the kids they teach," says Godsey.

After outlining his plan for the organization they discussed different education topics including house bill five which makes serious changes to graduation requirements and what that means for teachers.

But the meeting centered on the importance of educators to vote for pro- public education candidates this time around.

"There are 600,000 teachers in the state of Texas," says Godsey. "If they all voted and they all came together they could impact every election that they wanted to in a positive way."

 ATPE's director also gave an update on the school finance lawsuit in which a judge ruled the way state has been funding public schools is unconstitutional and needs to be changed.

He says now that the case has been re-opened, the judge should be making a ruling within the next few months.

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