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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Business leaders are working to get more schools in Southern Arizona to provide quality education, like Ce Rose Elementary School on the south side.

The school has an "A" rating with the state.

The new campaign launched by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, along with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has three goals to get students the best possible education.

First the groups will push the state to make it easier for parents to know how the school is performing by providing parents with the school's most recent letter grade by the state when parents enroll their children.

Additionally, with the leadership of former Arizona Superintendent Lisa Keegan, business leaders want empty school district buildings to be available to high performing charter and district schools.

Another key part of the campaign will work towards getting teachers better pay for a good job because they say good teachers often leave for better pay in other areas.

Business leaders say a big part of the project will be ensuring lawmakers make education a top priority.

"I think this is really the work of the business community to step forward and have some really fundamental education reform in our state," said Lea Marquez Peterson in the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "So we hope to make legislative change and policy change in the future is aligned with these principles for a for Arizona."

to see how your child's school is rated by the state on the A-F scale, click here: http://bit.ly/1cvw69d.

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