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MCC head Kearns named to Brewer's P-20 council

KINGMAN - MCC President Michael Kearns has been selected by Gov. Jan Brewer to represent Arizona's community colleges on the governor's P-20 Coordinating Council of Arizona.

According to a release from the governor's office, the council will collaborate with the governor on strategies to strengthen and make more efficient the P-20 education system - preschool through university doctorate-level - while improving academic achievement.

"It is an honor to be selected from among the presidents of Arizona's 20-plus community colleges to serve on the council," Kearns said. "There is a lot of serious work to be done in addressing the status of education in Arizona, and it is important that the community colleges have a place at that table."

The council will meet and make recommendations for achieving a more streamlined system of education while improving academic achievements as outlined by the governor.

The council's first duty will be to serve as the platform for discussion and recommendations for the education reforms outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, specifically addressing teacher quality and effectiveness, data quality, standards and assessments, and support for struggling schools. Four task forces will be established to address each of these reform areas.

"This committee covers the full spectrum of education," Kearns said. "There have been many plans offered previously that only addressed one sector of the education pipeline, and they failed to gain consensus among the other sectors. There are many plans being tossed around now regarding higher education, and the complete education system needs to be included."

Dr. Carol Peck has been named chair of the P-20 Coordinating Council. Peck currently serves as president and CEO of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona. Prior to her arrival at the Rodel Foundation, she served as superintendent of the Alhambra School District for 16 years where she received numerous awards including National Superintendent of the Year.

Other members of the council are: Tom Horne, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction; J. Elliott Hibbs, executive director of the Early Childhood Development and Health Board; Vince Yanez, executive director of the Arizona State Board of Education; Deanna Rowe, executive director of the Arizona State Board of Charter Schools; John Arnold, executive director of the Arizona School Facilities Board; and Dr. Linda Arzoumanian, Pima County school superintendent.

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