The "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" reports Deshotel filed a bill this week that would pay high school students at low-performing schools up to $50 for good grades through a pilot program.
Money would come from the estimated $6 billion in stimulus funds that Texas is expected to get for education.
If the pilot program proves effective after a few years, the state can then decide whether to create a permanent program.
Schools rated academically unacceptable would be selected through a lottery to participate in the pilot. The incentives mirror programs created in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Tucson, and Washington, D.C.