Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Arizona Minority Student Progress Report presented in Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee

Arizona Minority Student Progress Report presented in Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today the Arizona House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development reviewed a report illustrating the current racial and ethnic trends in Arizona schools with experts from the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center.

“Arizona is at a crossroads in education in terms of demographics,” said Everardo Martinez-Inzunza, associate dean for South Yuma County Services at the Arizona Western College and AMEPAC chairman. “The state has a window of opportunity to be proactive and help the increasing minority student population make more educational achievements.”

AMEPAC wrote the Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2013, which highlights the educational achievement of minority students in Arizona, from pre-K through post-secondary education. The report concluded that there is a major racial and ethnic gap in Arizona’s educational institutions. It also contained policy recommendations for closing this gap. Additionally, the report showed that this gap could result in economic risks if education policies are not developed to accommodate the growing population of minority students.

“The education of our students has a profound impact on our state,” said Rep. Macario Saldate, D-Tucson (District 3). “Industrial growth and educational growth go hand in hand. This report gives us an opportunity to develop a framework for education policy that will benefit minority students and the state.”

To see the AMEPAC report, go to:



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