TEX. LT. GOV. DAN PATRICK WANTS TO BOOST TEACHERS’ PAY INCLUDING FOR RETIRED TEACHERS

Jul 14, 2017 by

“Tex. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Wants To Boost Teachers’ Pay Including for Retired Teachers”

From Donna Garner

7.13.17

 

 

FROM:  Office of the Lt. Gov. of Texas – Dan Patrick:

 

Dear Friends,

 

Next week, on July 18, we begin a 30-Day Special Session. Governor Greg Abbott has laid out 20 items that he would like us to pass in that thirty days and I am committed to passing them all in the Texas Senate. We will hit the ground running. 

 

Today, I laid out a plan to boost teacher pay, provide additional resources for our retired teachers and more funding to schools. Here’s a video where I provide a summary of my plan:

 

 

2:22 MINUTE VIDEO — https://www.facebook.com/ltgovtx/videos/1650489678329748/

 

The bottom line is this, since 2000, revenue to our schools has increased by 108%. During that same period of time teacher pay has only increased 35%. Teachers are the most valuable resource in our public schools and we simply must get more of our education funds into the classroom. I also believe it is important that we continue to support our retired teachers. 

 

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7.13.17 – “Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposes Millions in Bonuses for Texas Teachers” – by Robert T. Garrett – Dallas Morning Newshttps://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/07/13/patrick-proposes-millions-teacher-bonus-program

 

Excerpts from this article:

 

 

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday proposed to give longevity bonuses to current and former teachers, ease the pain of recent changes to retired school employees’ health plans and begin phasing out “Robin Hood” wealth transfers between school districts.

Schools have enough money, they just need to use it more wisely – and spend a lot more on teacher pay

“There’s a lot of money in the system, $60 billion a year,” he said, citing federal, state and local revenues.

But only 32 percent of the money goes to teacher salaries, he said. The Senate plan would set a goal for districts to reallocate their spending to devote an additional 5 percent of revenue to teacher pay. They would be asked to do that for four consecutive years, he said.

He proposed that each March, districts would give $600 longevity bonuses to active teachers who have six to 10 years of experience and for those who have taught 11 or more years, $1,000. Retirees’ annual bonuses would start out at $600 a year. After increasing by $100 a year, they would be capped after four years at $1,000 annually, he said.

Over the long haul, Patrick proposed paying for the longevity bonuses by passing a constitutional amendment that would dedicate the first $700 million collected from the state lottery to the stipends for current and retired teachers.

Lottery money already is dedicated to public schools, though it accounts for only 1/20th of the state’s contribution, Patrick said.

 

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