Arizona Alliance of Black
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Lawrence Robinson is a Phoenix Native who works to promote the concept that public education is the tool that will ultimately reinvigorate our neighborhoods and our democracy. He currently serves as the Director of the Maricopa Community College District's Center for Civic Participation, assisting a student population of over 250,000 to engage in the civic process. Robinson is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College where he earned degrees in both Religious Studies and Government. He received his Juris Doctorate from NYU School of Law where he focused his studies on Critical Race Theory as well as Constitutional Law. He formerly served as a Policy Advisor to Mayor Greg Stanton on issues including education and homelessness and served as a law professor for five years at the Arizona Summit Law School, where he taught highly regarded courses including civil rights and constitutional litigation. Lawrence is an elected member of the Roosevelt School District Governing Board, where he has championed an innovative anti-bullying policy, expanded access to after school programs, and founded a non-profit called Good Things Grow building outdoor classrooms where students can get their hands dirty learning about STEM. He also serves Treasurer of the Arizona School Board Association.
"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
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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.