Founded in 1997,
the Houston Annenberg
Challenge (HAC) was a $60 million, not-for-profit, public and
private partnership. This is the largest single sum of private money
ever dedicated to public school reform in the greater Houston area.
The HAC reform initiative provided funding directly to:
94 schools in
six school districts
and high schools
goal of HAC to promote high academic achievement for all students was
addressed by funding both teacher professional development and school-based
programs. School-based programs, which were funded through a Request
for Proposal (RFP) process, were required to address one or more of
the following three objectives:
the learning environment to ensure that everyone from maintenance
workers to the principal knows each child's name.
isolation by involving parents and others from the community
in the school's activities.
professional development for teachers that ensures exposure
of all teachers to the latest research on school reform, and effective
utilization of knowledge and practices supported by current research.