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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2012 


Contact: Romina Khananisho, City of Goodyear
Office: 623-882-7054 or romina.khan@goodyearaz.gov


Mayor Lord Joins Alliance to Improve Education
New organization calls for statewide partnership and city-level collaboration to ensure students are prepared for college and career

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord joined seven other Arizona mayors to form 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. At a press event announcing the launch of the new organizations at 1:00 p.m. today at the Burton Barr Library, at 1221 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix, 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.

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.

"In Goodyear, we value the collaboration and open dialogue we have been able to build with our schools, said Mayor Georgia Lord. "We look forward to raising the level of conversation throughout the community to enhance the quality of education."

"We are in a race to the bottom in education in Arizona, and it's time every sector of our community take ownership of Arizona's economic future and 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 Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who will serve as the first Chair, 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, and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. Several other mayors will be invited to expand membership in the first year. 
  

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