Oct. 10, 2012
Caption: Mayor Greg Stanton
Arizona mayors formed the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable today, pledging to work together with their local school district and with other community leaders to prepare students to be college and career ready.
Eight mayors from across the state agreed that the future economic strength of the state is tied to the ability of all young people to have the skills necessary to perform in a 21st century workforce.
“Mayors know that education is a key factor in ensuring the quality of life in communities,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who will serve as the initial chair of the group. “The Roundtable gives us an active way to work closely with our superintendents, school boards and others in the community to ensure that we are aligning resources toward common community aspirations for education.”
The organization received initial funding from the Helios Education Foundation and will be supported by WestEd, a research, development and service agency. Mayors, who typically have limited opportunities to become involved in their public schools, will have the chance to share ideas, learn from peers and experts, and participate in discussions—among each other, their staff members, school superintendents, school district leadership and community members.
“Education is the key to Arizona’s economic future, and it’s time every sector of our community begins to work in tandem to build a high-performing education system,” said Helios Education Foundation Chairman Vince Roig. “Helios fully supports the formation of the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable because it keeps education top of mind in our cities, and it promotes the kind of high-level convening and collaboration needed to advance our system to meet the demands of today's globalized economy.”
Founding members of the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable include Stanton, along with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Miami Mayor Rosemary Castaneda, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Sahuarita Mayor Duane Blumberg, and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. Several other mayors will be invited to expand membership in the first year.
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