Alief ISD Superintendent HD Chambers received the Voice for Children Award during the Children At Risk 2014 Accolades Luncheon. Alief ISD was the only public school district in Texas to be honored at the event.

Children At Risk stated that Alief ISD stands out as a successful model for other large school districts in Texas with diverse, economically disadvantaged populations that are struggling with academic achievement. Despite having a rate of economically

disadvantaged students of more than 82%, Alief earned a B in the Children At Risk School Rankings. This places Alief ISD among the top 5 of ALL large school districts in the greater Houston area. Of all the large school districts in the state with more than 65% economically disadvantaged students, Alief is the only one with a “B” grade in the rankings. All others received C’s and lower.

Alief is led by HD Chambers, an innovative superintendent who goes above and beyond for the students in his district. Chambers was a key player in the development and passage of House Bill 5, orchestrating communication efforts across the interest groups that had input in the development of the bill. Since the bill has become law, Chambers and his leadership team have traveled throughout the state to help both large and small districts develop strategies to implement the numerous implications of the bill. HD Chambers was named Ambassador of the Year by the Friends of Texas Public Schools organization and was recently selected as the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Superintendent HD Chambers receives the Voice for Children Award from Dr. Bob Sanborn, president of Children At Risk.