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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Sunday, September 25, 2011

Houston School Superintendent TerryGrier Accepts the Education Service Award
from Houston’s Oldest African-American Business Organization 

HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier accepted the Recognition of Service in Education Award from the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce. At the organization’s Salute to Education reception, Citizens Chamber President Eric Lyons committed to continued support of HISD.

“We want to build the pipeline that will supply Houston’s African-American entrepreneurs of the future,” said Lyons.  “We will continue our efforts to provide college scholarships for students in the Houston area, including those from HISD.”

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce has supported scholarship fundraising in Houston for the past 35 years.

“On-time graduation rates for African-American students in HISD improved from 68 percent in 2009 to 74 percent last year.  We have more African American students taking the SAT exam and more taking Advanced Placement courses for college credit as we adopt a college-bound culture in our schools,” said Dr. Grier. 

Grier discussed several topics, with members of the organization, including the new Young Men’s College Prep Academy at E.O. Smith High School and the new standardized testing system known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam.

You can read more about Dr. Grier’s conversation with the Houston Citizen’s Chamber of Commerce at

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