Arizona Alliance of Black
Dr. Anthony J. Perkins was born and raised in Connecticut. He presently resides in Buckeye, Arizona. He is in his 21st year as an educational leader which he served as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, district director, and now superintendent for the Gila Bend Unified School District. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Diverse Learners and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. His Dissertation is titled Breaking the Hispanic Dilemma: Familial Factors that Contribute to Academically Successful Hispanic Students.
In addition to his school experience, Dr. Perkins is a mentor for new school principals, student teachers, and teaches Educational Leadership and Research classes for Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Perkins interests include physical fitness, golf, and jazz music. However, he enjoys spending most of his time with his teenage daughter.
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"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
1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. #5-D32
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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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.