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Helios President/CEO Leads Collaborative Expect More Arizona Campaign

Posted on: April 28, 2009

PHOENIX – Helios Education Foundation President and CEO Paul Luna, along with other community partners and philanthropic organizations, recently launched Expect More Arizona, a new nonpolitical public-private partnership focused on the future of education in Arizona. Expect More Arizona is launching a multi-year effort to create a statewide movement of Arizonans who value education as Arizona’s top priority. The $2 million public awareness and engagement effort asks people to join the cause by going to ExpectMoreArizona.org. As a prelude to the statewide mass media component of the campaign, which starts in early May, partners are hosting a series of "Open Microphone" events at five high schools across the state starting in Maricopa County and concluding in Yuma on May 6.

"This collaborative statewide effort is about every Arizonan taking an active role in strengthening education in our state," said Paul J. Luna, President/CEO of Helios Education Foundation and Chairman of Expect More Arizona’s Oversight Board. "It is meant to challenge all of us—parents, students, educators, retirees, policymakers, employers, and concerned Arizonans—to expect more of ourselves, our students and each other when it comes to what we are putting into education. And in the end, it will benefit us all."

Commenting from a business perspective, Tom Franz, President/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership said, "Businesses within Arizona and across the country are faced with the challenge of having a sufficient pool of talented, knowledgeable and skilled workers to keep them competitive in today’s 21st global economy. Only by making education Arizona’s top priority can we ensure that tomorrow’s workforce is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education and the workplace, which ultimately fuels a strong Arizona economy."

Kent Scribner, Superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District comments, "Expect More Arizona creates a valuable platform for positive and proactive dialogue about the future of education in Arizona. And while we believe that excellence occurs in education across our state, there is still a lot of work to be done. We need every Arizonan to take an active role in improving and prioritizing education in our state."

Expect More Arizona is governed by an Oversight Board including representatives from the Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona School Boards Association, Arizona State University, First Things First, Helios Education Foundation, Northern Arizona University, Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona, University of Arizona and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Each organization represented has committed $100,000 or more to the statewide effort.

To join the movement visit www.ExpectMoreArizona.org

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