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Will Houston Teachers Get Behind Patrick’s New Bonus Plan?

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick wants to use money from the Texas Lottery for bonuses for veteran teachers.


Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick addresses the media at the Texas Capitol on July 13, 2017, days before the start of a special session.

Teacher bonuses and increased retirement benefits are on the docket for the special session of the Texas Legislature, which begins on Tuesday (July 18, 2017).

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says the proposed school finance reform plan includes using money from the Texas Lottery for bonuses for veteran teachers.

Here's what he had to say at Thursday's press conference in Austin.

"So in our plan, step one — the longevity bonus — teachers with six to ten years of experience and retired teachers with their 20 years in will all get a bonus starting next March, and the following March, and every March,” Patrick said.

But is it a plan Houston-area teachers are ready to get on board with? We ask Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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