Arizona Alliance of Black
David began his career as a high-school teacher and later taught at Arizona State University (ASU). For the last four years, David has worked as a high-school administrator at the East Valley Institute of Technology, a public school district offering career and technical education to students in Eastern Maricopa County.
In addition to his career as an educator, David also serves his community in public office. Elected to the Tempe City Council in 2014, David has partnered with local school districts, non-profits and local businesses to increase access to educational opportunities for all students.
Prior to the Tempe City Council, David served in the Arizona House of Representatives and as Minority Leader in the State Senate. Throughout David's time in the legislature, he served on the Education Committee, including four years as the ranking member. During and after his time in the Senate, David was also an elected member of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.
David has a master's degree in Education Leadership from ASU. David and his wife, also a public-school educator, live in Tempe with their two daughters.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.