MIDLAND - In a time of budget cuts and layoffs, it's hard to find a silver lining in the education system.
However, the Midland Independent School District has something to be happy about as graduation rates are up across the board.
The most exciting news is more lower income students are walking away from high school with a diploma.
We're not talking about a small increase either.
Back in 2008, only 67 percent of those kids made it to the graduation stage.
But in just two years, there was an 18 percent jump.
Now, 85 percent of low income students are getting their diplomas.
Even better news, the overall graduation rate in the District increased to 88 percent.
School officials give the credit to the AVID program, the work of teachers, coaches and counselors and a host of other targeted programs to help students finish high school.