Governor Perry Urges Additional Funding for Mentoring
In a speech at the Texans Care for Children Rally, Gov. Rick Perry today urged increased funding for mentoring programs. Perry also discussed the "once-in-a-generation opportunity" for the legislature to improve education in the state of Texas.
"Mentoring programs make a difference in the lives of our children and are some of the best investments we can make in our future," Perry said. "Mentoring can renew a child's hope in tomorrow and break the cycle of despair that too many underprivileged young Texans face."
Perry noted that last year the state provided $2 million to help Big Brothers Big Sisters increase their services across the state and reach an additional 4,000 at-risk children.
"I want to increase Texas' investment in mentoring programs by $25 million so we can build stronger communities and stronger families, one changed life at a time," Perry said.
Perry said the state should increase its investment in mentoring at all levels, including programs designed to help young teachers.
"A good mentor can help a young teacher reach their highest potential, and keep young teachers from becoming frustrated teachers, and eventually former teachers," Perry said.
Perry renewed his commitment to working with legislators to address the school finance challenge.
"This session we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve education and make sure children of every background are given a chance in life," Perry said. "Not only by investing more money in education, but by making excellence the standard of every school and achievement the goal of every student."
Perry also noted that reforms to public education should focus where it is needed most, in schools with a greater number of economically disadvantaged students.
"We must widen the circle of success by improving opportunities for disadvantaged students," Perry said. "Schools that struggle to educate children of limited financial means should not only benefit from progress incentives, but also expert help provided by the state in the form of school turn-around teams that can review management practices and give teachers additional support through mentoring."