This post by Mesa Mayor John Giles first appeared on Nov. 3, 2017. 

Our city has been synonymous with excellent schools, attracting parents from near and far to start their families in Mesa. In fact, named us the best big city in the Southwest in part because of our roster of stellar schools. My dad, who was a long-time Mesa elementary school principal instilled in me an appreciation for the critical role of Mesa’s schools. Education is a Mesa core value. If we lose that, we risk becoming just another set of stop lights in the greater Phoenix metroplex.