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Meeting with the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce

2011 September 20
by HISD Communications

The dedication of Houston’s business community to quality public education was on display earlier this week as my staff and I met with members of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Eric Lyons committed again to support the district financially by providing college scholarships for deserving students. Lyons sees HISD as an important part of the pipeline that will provide African-American entrepreneurs for the future of Houston. We were pleased to report that the on-time graduation rate for African-American students in HISD climbed from 68 percent the previous year to 74 percent last year. More of our African-American students are taking the SAT and Advanced Placement courses than ever before. But we also talked frankly about improving under-performing schools. We believe the creation of a college-bound culture in our schools is the best way to keep feeding that pipeline.

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