Anne Sung

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Anne Sung
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 7
Former Candidate
High schoolBellaire High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sHarvard University
ProfessionDirector of Strategic Planning and Public Policy
Campaign website
Anne Sung was a candidate for the District 7 seat on the Houston Independent School Board. She lost election of the seat to incumbent Harvin Moore on November 5, 2013.


Sung, a graduate of HISD schools, has both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Harvard University. She is a former teacher, having taught seven years in HISD schools. She is also the co-founder of Community Voices for Public Education, a local organization of parents, educators, students, and community members working together to strengthen Houston’s public school system. She is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Public Policy at Harris County Sheriff's Department.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


Houston Independent School District, District 7, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarvin C. Moore Incumbent 53.4% 6,621
     Nonpartisan Anne Sung 46.6% 5,773
Total Votes 12,394
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Sung was endorsed by numerous area groups, including, Harris County Tejano Democrats, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Network for Public Education and the Houston Federation of Teachers.[2]


Sung began the race with an existing account balance of $991.66 from her previous campaign. She reported $24,067.71 in contributions and $23,455.68 in expenditures to the Houston Independent School District, which left her campaign with $1,603.69 on hand.[3]

Campaign themes

For her 2013 campaign, Sung cited the following list on her campaign website as the issues she was campaigning for:[4]

  • Critical Evaluation of Spending: With the passage of a $1.89 billion bond in 2012, increased educational funding from the Texas legislature, and rising property values, HISD has the funds it needs to modernize its schools and programs. Unfortunately, in recent years, the leadership of this district has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on unproven programs like Apollo that have failed to generate promised results. Lawsuits and accusations of pay-to-play stand in the way of doing the real work of educating our children. Anne Sung will be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, so that we can put money back into classrooms where it benefits children directly. She will support a financial disclosure policy for HISD board members, reform of HISD auditing practices, and scientific evaluation of academic programs.
  • College and Career Readiness: True education is more than test prep. HISD’s overemphasis on testing has enabled drill-and-kill test prep to flourish in our classrooms, dulling children’s minds while SAT scores have stagnated. Anne Sung will support a challenging curriculum with a focus on the 21st-century skills that prepare students for college and career: problem solving, collaboration, communication, curiosity, and analysis. When teachers engage students in rigorous curriculum that culminate in real-world final projects, students master subjects at a far higher level than when we prep them for multiple-choice tests.
  • Community Schools Model: Schools are more than buildings. Anne Sung will work to strengthen family engagement and community partnerships. By bringing together parents, businesses and community partners, we can give our children the academic and social supports they need to succeed in life. One of the biggest factors enabling at-risk youth to succeed in life is a stable caring relationship with an adult mentor. Whether it's counseling or a robotics club or a sports coach or theatre or extra support for English Language Learners, we need to have far richer programming in every school so young people have the support and encouragement they need to thrive and to dream.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall decided not to run for re-election of District 9.

HISD board members disagree on the best means of using scarce district resources to meet the various needs of the many students enrolled. Regardless of their debate over methodology, candidates from both districts agree that their top priority ought to be maintaining accountability and high standards for their districts. Houston ISD is still struggling with the deep budget cuts in public education imposed in 2011 and adjusting to a narrowly approved tax rate increase.[5] The increase aims to help fund pay raises, as well as the district's Apollo reform program, which allows for specially hired tutors and longer school days.[6] Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall of Houston's District 9, did not seeking re-election and is currently under FBI criminal investigation for allegedly taking vendor money.[7]

About the district

Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Houston ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[8] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2010[8]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9]

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