Photography by Vicky Pink - It was a packed house of 700 people at the 2020 HISD Foundation’s Public Education Matters fundraising luncheon. HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan delivered the annual State of the Schools address during the benefit. Lathan issued a call to action urging supporters to work together by employing; the event included a panel discussion with Lathan, Professor Stephen Klineberg of Rice University, and former New Jersey Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf. HISD’s Westside High School Chamber Singers and Westbury High School’s Jazz Ensemble provided musical entertainment. Some in attendance were Jack Christie, Aiesha Odutayo, Barbara Roberts, State Rep. Jarvis Johnson, Houston ISD Trustee Wanda Adams, Dr, Laura Murillo, and Laolu Davies.