Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening

Councilmember Richard Fimbres Joins Latino Policymakers for

NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening


Fimbres among notable Latino officials in state selected to participate in two-day event focused on how to strengthen Arizona educational policies and academic outcomes


TUCSON, AZ. – Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, and nearly 50 other Latino policymakers from across the state for a two-day convening in Tempe, Ariz., that addressed policies and strategies for developing a common vision to increase access to quality educational systems and workforce opportunities in Arizona.


The NALEO Arizona Statewide Education Convening took place May 20-21, 2016, where Councilmember Richard Fimbres and other Latino policymakers had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Arizona’s educational policies and academic outcomes for families and students from birth to college completion and the workforce. 


During the convening, Richard Fimbres was also able to engage in conversations about the role stakeholders and policymakers can play across the entire educational pipeline to develop strategic partnerships and strengthen the access and quality of educational systems to enhance academic outcomes and support a stronger workforce across the state. 


“We have to stop the flow of skilled and experienced teachers leaving the teaching profession in our area,” Fimbres stated.  “Teachers cite three reasons for leaving the profession, the low salary, working conditions and the lack of support.  Communities must work together to keep the skilled and experienced teachers so that so that we can education and train a better work force for our future.”


Participants who attended the two-day convening heard from leading experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who tackled several of the most pressing issues facing the state, including:


•           The Arizona We Want, Cultivating the Civic Engagement We Need

•           Foundations of Early Childhood Education

•           Serving the Needs of Diverse Families – Tackling Toxic Stress

•           Addressing Arizona’s Educator Shortage

•           Preparing Students and Families with the Skills for Post-Secondary Success

•           Barriers to College Completion: Addressing Developmental Education

•           Developing Strategies for Post-Secondary and Workforce Partnerships



Speakers at the convening included U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D AZ-7), Arizona School Boards Association Executive Director Dr. Timothy L. Ogle, and Arizona State Senator and President of the Arizona Latino School Board Association Martín Quezada.


This event was made possible through the generous support of Title Sponsor, State Farm®, and Foundation Partners, Alliance for Early Success and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 


A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at