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The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, a WestEd initiative, organizes events throughout the state to bring together diverse groups to improve education. Past meetings have included provocative discussions with state and national leaders as well as working sessions with local educators and community members. Join an upcoming meeting in your community to learn more and get involved.
"'College and career readiness' is the umbrella under which many education and workforce policies, programs and initiatives thrive." (Achieve, Inc., 2012)
With initial funding from the Helios Education Foundation, 10 mayors from across the state have formed the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. The virtual organization—managed by WestEd, a research, development and service agency—will provide an important way for mayors to have in-depth discussions about education initiatives and develop common, cohesive strategies for addressing local problems.

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Mayor Greg Stanton speaks at Central High School in Phoenix to the media, educators and citizens at the June 25 release of a report examining the economic impact of high school dropouts in Arizona. Seated at right of Stanton are Paul Koehler, WestEd; Mayor Georgia Lord, Goodyear; Mayor Kenn Weise, Avondale; Mayor Mark Mitchell, Tempe; Mayor Alex Finter, Mesa and Mayor John Lewis, Gilbert, along with local high school students.

The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, a WestEd initiative, brings together mayors of Arizona’s larger cities, district superintendents, and their key staff to share data, evidence-based and promising practices, and programmatic strategies that can help address local challenges affecting students’ educational and career success. The Roundtable is convened by WestEd and funded with core support by The Helios Education Foundation.

A report on the Economic Impact of High School Dropouts was released in June 2014 in two press events in Phoenix and Tucson. The report, titled “How Arizona’s Dropout Crisis Affects Communities, Creates Economic Losses for the State of Arizona” included findings that the more than 18,000 Arizona students who dropped out of high school this year will produce $7.6 billion less in economic activity over their lifetimes than if those same students had graduated. See full report findings here and complete media coverage here.