Governor Rick Perry Makes a Stop in Midland to Thank Local Teachers

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - They've given their lives to making sure West Texas students achieve success.

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Perry visited Midland teachers to say thank you.

Perry stopped by Coleman High School and handed over a big check for more than one million dollars to the school district.

It's part of a teaching excellence grant program which supports educators who improve student achievement.

"You can't put a dollar figure, there is no financial measurement of having these young Texans lives improved. Giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. You cannot put a financial amount on that, but we ought to at least try to award those teachers who are making that possible, and that's what this program does," Gov. Perry said.

The grants are different from other incentive programs because they give out the money to the entire school district, rather than just one school.

Sixty percent of the cash goes to teachers who have made a difference in improving student's performance.

The rest goes to recruiting and hiring top teachers.