Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Dalessandro and Gabaldon join NALEO Educational Fund and policymakers in Phoenix to address the state of Latino education in Arizona

Dalessandro and Gabaldon join NALEO Educational Fund and policymakers in Phoenix to address the state of Latino education in Arizona
Latinos comprise approximately 41 percent of all K-12 students in Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Sahuarita (District 2), and Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, D-Sahuarita (District 2), will join the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and more than 35 Latino elected officials to discuss the state of Latino education and to examine policy strategies for bridging the opportunity gap for Latino students in Arizona.

The event will take place in Phoenix from October 11-12 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, as part of the organization’s NALEO Education Leadership Initiative Arizona Statewide Education Convening.  The two-day convening will provide policymakers and key stakeholders with a forum to discuss how policy can help ensure all Arizona students have access to an educational system that prepares them to be successful in college and the workforce.

“Education is the key to moving Arizona forward, and we must invest in it to ensure our young people will have the opportunities they need to be successful,” Dalessandro said. “I am looking forward to meeting with my colleagues and focusing on ways to improve access to education.”

The event takes place at a critical time for Arizona and its economy.  By 2018, more than 60 percent of all jobs in Arizona will require a college education.  With Latinos currently accounting for approximately 41 percent of all students in grades K-12, the educational success of the Latino community will play a crucial role in the ability of the state to build the workforce it needs to remain economically competitive.

“We need an education system that develops a highly skilled workforce that will attract businesses and jobs to Arizona,” Gabaldon said. “This conference gives us an opportunity to develop a framework for education policy that will benefit Latino students and the state.”

Dalessandro and Gabaldon will both discuss strategies for providing educational support to Arizona’s growing diverse population through curriculum that covers:

•           The trends and issues facing Arizona and the implications for education and the economy
•           Linkages between pre-K programs and early grades to improve academic outcomes
•           Aligning databases between early learning, K-12, and college and the workforce
•           Providing high quality education under sequestration
•           Implementing the Common Core State Standards; highlighting different stakeholder perspectives
•           The role of the university and community college systems in improving Latino college completion rates

Convening speakers include Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix (District 29), Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 19) and Arizona State Board of Education Executive Director Vince Yanez.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at

What:             NALEO Education Leadership Initiative Arizona Statewide Education Convening

When:            October 11-12, 2013

Where:           Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
50 E. Adams Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004


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