Arizona Alliance of Black
Kiana Maria Sears, M.P.A. , Mesa Governing Board member elected in 2016. An historic when being the first person of color elected to the Mesa Governing Board Ever. Kiana Maria Sears, M.P.A is an engaged energy and public policy professional who has dedicated her life to serving the public and small business. When she moved to Arizona, Sears was impressed by the affordability of Arizona. This is the reason she strives to keep rates low for ratepayers in Arizona. Sears has 6 years of experience as an executive 2 consultant in the 1Utilities Division at the Arizona Corporation Commission where she worked with water and
wastewater. She also has over a decade of experience creating public policy and solar policy to benefit Arizonans. Sears believes in clean politics, clean energy, and clean air. When elected to office her highest priorities include reducing energy bills for hardworking Arizonans and small business owners, especially in the months of August and September. Another priority is to
address the decaying water infrastructure in our entire state, but especially in rural counties. Sears believes that investing in renewable energy is imperative to the sustainable growth and health of Arizona.
"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.