The Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC) was founded in 2002 after voters passed Proposition 301, a ballot initiative which put more money into Arizona’s public K-12 classrooms. Many of those same business and education leaders who came together to support Proposition 301, founded ABEC.
Today, supporters of ABEC are a statewide representation of school districts, higher education institutions, business and education associations, small and large corporations, philanthropic and community organizations, state government agencies, and individual community leaders.
The Arizona Business & Education Coalition is a trusted and respected collaborative organization of education and business, influencing the creation of a public education system that is recognized as world class, producing responsible citizens who contribute in a globally competitive workforce.
The mission of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition is to sustain collaboration between business and education leaders, focused on increasing measurable outcomes for every student, by serving as a non-partisan forum to educate others and build political will toward the improvement and investment in K-12, with linkages to pre-kindergarten and higher education, as an element of a superior public education system and economic future for Arizona.
ABEC was formed by Arizona's business, education, and community leaders who understand that our future economic success is directly linked to the success of our K-12 schools. Education is a shared responsibility among all community stakeholders: the family unit, the educational provider and future employers. In its commitment to improve student achievement and strengthen the state's future workforce, ABEC has realized that there is a need and strong interest from various stakeholders for more quality partnerships between schools and businesses. Such quality partnerships will ultimately lead to improved student achievement and a stronger work force of tomorrow.