Arizona Alliance of Black
Kim Covington is the Principal Partner of The Covington Companies, LLC, which specializes in education and philanthropic consulting, public speaking, commercials and voice over work. She retired from TV news after 30 years in the industry to better serve her community. She does that by hosting education and community town halls and summits and by leading the Arizona Community Foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative. Covington was also recently appointed to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s African-American Leadership Roundtable Advisory Group. Plus, you can catch up with Covington in her monthly column in the Arizona Republic newspaper and online at azcentral.com. Most people know Covington as a former News Anchor and School Solutions Reporter for KPNX 12 News. Along with Phoenix, Covington’s career spans from Springfield, Missouri and Grand Rapids, Michigan to her hometown, St. Louis, Missouri. She is the recipient of several awards including the Judge Jean Williams Service Award, the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award of Excellence, four Emmy Awards for excellence in reporting, and several Associated Press awards for uncovering a dark secret in Springfield, Missouri. That series on race relations called, "Ebony in an Ivory Tower", sparked community forums and was also later broadcast as a special on PBS. Kim enjoys giving back to her community. She was Honorary Chair for the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s Bowling for Brains. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Museum of Phoenix and serves on several committees including the education sub-committee for the Arizona Community Foundation. The wife and mother of two is a graduate of University of Missouri - Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the prestigious School of Journalism.
"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.