The Texas Education Agency has awarded a $25,000 contract to the Texas Department of Education to hire Texas high school teachers for the 2016-17 school year.
The Texas Department has not awarded contracts to other schools since 2012.
A spokesperson for the agency confirmed that the contract was awarded on Feb. 19, 2017.
The contract is worth $75,000 a year, and the contract would be awarded to a teacher in the following categories: Teaching Assistants, Educators, Teachers of Continuing Education, Educational Leadership, Teaching Assistant/Eligible Teacher, Teacher of Advanced Placement, and Special Education.
In addition to the $25.7 million the agency is paying to hire teachers, it is paying $11.9 million in state and local tax credits to teachers in the state, according to the state’s Department of Finance.
The agency did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
A new state law, passed in January, requires all schools in Texas to have an approved high school teacher by the end of the school year in order to be eligible for a state grant.
The law requires all teachers to have a high school diploma or GED.
In 2018, the Department of State Education awarded a total of $8.6 million in grants to districts for teacher and teacher-faculty relationships.