Arizona Alliance of Black
Mary Lou Chavez is currently serving as an Assistant Director of Special Services for the Cartwright School District. She has a strong passion for helping students go beyond their potential. She has over 26 years experience in education serving as an Instructional Specialist for the Parker Unified School District and as a Principal in the Alhambra and Isaac School District. She was also a Program Administrator for the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona for 4 years traveling throughout the state to help schools increase math student achievement. Mary Lou also taught for 13 years in grades Kindergarten, First and Fifth grades. She has also served on the Southwest Regional Council for First Things First, President's Circle for Glendale Community College, board for Expect More Arizona, and on the executive board for Mujer.
"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.