The award goes to state policymakers or citizens who
show "exceptional leadership, advocacy and support of public
education and issues important to metropolitan school districts." Torres Ray chairs the Senate's Education Committee.
“Education is a top priority for me, for the governor and my colleagues in the House and Senate. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with AMSD and those who share our commitment to education. ... We added significant reforms and resources to public education this year, but we still have much more to do, and I look forward to continuing this work with these partners. ...
"We need to continue to work with parents, teachers, students and the entire community to address the achievement gap and to continue to stay in the path of reform and support for public education.”