Cy-Fair, TX (August 12, 2013)—Superintendents from area school districts came together on Friday to announce their support for the Early to Rise Campaign, which seeks to create a dedicated funding stream to improve the quality of early childhood education through a ballot measure in November.
Dr. Terry Grier of Houston ISD and Dr. Wanda Bamberg of Aldine ISD joined Early to Rise campaign chairman James Calaway in an announcement from the House of Tiny Treasures in Houston on Friday morning.
Although he was unable to attend, Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools for CFISD, voiced his support for the campaign along with Dr. Guy Sconzo of Humble ISD and Dr. Ralph Draper of Spring ISD. The collective group of superintendents represent school districts with a combined total of more than 400,000 students and their families.
“As a proponent of universal public education, I believe that every child deserves a chance to succeed. Positive educational influences early in their lives will provide the best opportunity for long-term success,” Dr. Henry said. “I join my fellow Houston-area superintendents in supporting the Early to Rise Campaign, which supports our mission of lifelong learning by equipping students before they reach our classrooms.”
The campaign has garnered the approval of more than 145,000 Harris County citizens who have signed a petition to place the initiative on the November ballot, making it the largest petition drive in the history of Harris County. The Early to Rise Campaign would help to raise the standards, training and educational outcomes for young children up to age 5 so they can begin kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.
More information on the Early to Rise Campaign is available at www.earlytorisekids.com.