Arizona Alliance of Black
Rep. Reginald Bolding
Representative Reginald Bolding is an educator, community leader, and social entrepreneur. In 2014, Reginald was elected to his first term in the Arizona House of Representatives. He represents District 27, which covers most of Downtown Phoenix, South Phoenix, Guadalupe and Laveen.
Representative Bolding, a first generation college student, is an outstanding scholar in both education and justice studies. After graduating at the top of his class from the University of Cincinnati, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and International Security, Reginald turned down a full-ride law school scholarship to become a Special Education teacher in South Phoenix. He credited his hardworking single mother and an educator for helping him achieve his level of success to that point. In turn, he wanted to pay it forward and spark change in the lives of other students living in low-income communities as a classroom teacher.
The Arizona Republic named Representative Bolding as one of "14 Individuals Poised to Change Arizona". He was also named one of Phoenix's 40 people under the age of 40, by the Phoenix Business Journal, as Founder/Executive Director of the internship non-profit Future Leaders of Arizona. Previously, he has served as a Commissioner with the City of Phoenix’s Community Development Committee and the Public Defender Review Committee.
Representative Bolding holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a current doctoral candidate at Arizona State University, where he later became a Clinical Instructor in the nation’s largest teaching college. Currently, he is Managing Director of Alumni Affairs with Teach For America - Phoenix. In the State Legislature, Representative Bolding serves on both the Arizona House Education Committee and the Committee on County and Municipal Affairs.
"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.