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.