Texas plan would tap lottery revenue for teacher bonuses
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Thursday unveiled a plan to spice up teacher pay past the $1,000 carry referred to as for via Gov. Greg Abbott, and to in the long run pay for it via requiring faculty districts to reallocate current finances and, if citizens agree, earmarking the primary $700 million in lottery cash, that already is going to schooling, for teacher salaries.
Patrick in comparison his plan, which he hopes to peer enacted on the particular consultation that will get underway Tuesday, to what he referred to as House Speaker Joe Straus’ “Ponzi scheme” to extend faculty investment with tax greenbacks. He stated the Straus plan would lay the groundwork for enforcing a state source of revenue tax to pay for it, and stated that is a non-starter. Patrick has also known as the state’s Rainy Day Fund out of bounds.
Patrick complained that Straus had have shyed away from assembly with him one-on-one all over the common consultation or since, however that he’s ever able to get in combination.
In the quick time period, Patrick stated the bonuses, reducing well being care prices for retired academics and different schooling prices, may well be paid for via deferring $700 million in bills to controlled care organizations.
Patrick stated that Texas spends various cash on schooling — public schooling, together with upper schooling, he stated consumes 52 p.c of the state price range.
The downside, he stated, is that too little is directed at paying lecture room academics.
Patrick stated the common teacher pay in Texas is $51,182. In addition to Abbott’s name for an building up that would reasonable $1,000 in line with teacher, Patrick stated he additionally desires longevity bonuses to be paid to skilled academics to inspire them to stick in the study room, and to retired academics with 20 years enjoy.
“I want the goal to be for every district to reallocate an additional five percent of revenues to increase average teacher pay from $51,000 to $60,000” over 4 years, Patrick stated.
The plan to direct lottery cash to lecture room academics would require a constitutional modification that would should be authorized via Texas citizens.
Patrick used to be dressed in one of the most “20-for-20” pins the governor has been distributing, indicating his resolution to go all 20 pieces at the governor’s name for the particular consultation. He stated the House may additionally approve the decision in general, “if they ever get a chance to vote for them on the floor.”