Arizona Alliance of Black
Tracey Benson is a state-level leader and advocate for public education. She is the associate executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association, a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides leadership training, professional development, and legal and legislative advocacy to the leaders of every school district in the state of Arizona.
Among her special focuses are equity initiatives and strategic communications. In 2015 developed and led the team put on The Equity Event, a three-day conference for school and community leaders in Arizona and other western states that focused on leadership strategies and promising practices for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps. She is also the director of the association’s Arizona Education News Service, a statewide source for the latest news and information about public education in Arizona.
Tracey joined ASBA in 2007 and previously served as the association’s director of communications, a position she held since 2011.
Prior to joining ASBA, Benson managed and directed marketing and communications for organizations including the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and spent a decade writing and editing for national niche business publications. She holds a holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and political science from the University of Arizona.
An active community member, she volunteers her time and expertise to support education and social issues.
Tracey and her husband, Marc, a sixth-grade teacher, reside Tempe with their two children: Haley, 21, a senior at Arizona State University majoring in social work, and Trevor, 12, an eighth-grader at their neighborhood public school.
"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.