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Issues and Eggs 2017

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson hosted its 4th Annual Issues & Eggs Breakfast on Friday, March 3rd, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on S. Alvernon.


This year's topic, "The Impact of Poverty on Academic Achievement K-12" is complex because many factors contribute to the academic achievement of students in our community.

Throughout our history, education has been seen as a child's ticket out of poverty. However, with the rate of poverty increasing, evidence suggest too many children from low-income families are falling significantly behind their peers academically before they complete the 4th grade. This is of particular concern to all who live in Arizona and count on a well educated population to fuel a thriving economy. In 2014, when the poverty rate for the United States was 14.8%, the rate of poverty in Arizona was 21.2%. Tucson was rated the 5th poorest city of its size in the country in 2015. The Federal Poverty Rate for a family of four in 2016 was $25,300.

Bruce Dusenberry moderated a panel of local experts who did:

  • Identify the facts and consequences of poverty on academic achievement.
  • Introduce highly effective local program models in our schools and others designed for the parents of poor children.
  • Discuss the ways in which state education policies impact poor children.
  • Describe local efforts to end poverty.
  • Learn how we can all become involved. Panelists: Chris Gutierrez, Principal, Holaway Elementary School Dr. Mary Joudrow, Advanced Program Manager, PCC Desert View Campus Dr. David Baker, Superintendent, Flowing Wells School District Bonnie Bazata, Program Manager, Pima County End Poverty Now Initiative

Tickets for the event were $50 per person and tables of 10 are $475/$500 after Feb 20th. Reservations were made using a credit card or by sending a check to LWVGT, 2424 E. Broadway, Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85719-6011 before February 27th. Please join this important League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson community event.

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Issues and Eggs 2016

Topic: What is JTED's Link to Arizona's Economy?

The public is invited to attend the LWVGT's third annual Issues and Eggs breakfast on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Ballroom, at 445 S. Alvernon Way.

This year's breakfast topic is the Joint Technical Education District or JTED. It prepares our students for a technical career while they are still in high school. Programs include cosmetology, culinary arts, early childhood education, automotive technology, aviation technology, electrical utility technology, heavy equipment operations, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medical Assistant(CMA), emergency medical technician, fire services, public safety and security, veterinary science. Special education students can learn career skills through Project Search. More than 96% of JTED high school students state-wide graduate from high school. Read more about JTED including a list of all of their Programs

A panel of educators, business people, and students will talk to the breakfast guests about JTED.
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Sponsorships for the event from $500-$2500 are available.

The cost for the breakfast is $47.50 per person. Online Registration and registration at the door is now $50.00 per person since Payments will be received after the deadline of Monday, February 29th. for early registration

Event Video produced by Content Marketing - Pima County JTED (view)

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Issues and Eggs 2015

The theme for year 2015 was "Are Arizona's College & Career Ready Standards the Answer?" Common Core: Facts vs. Myths.

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The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson sponsored its second annual Issues and Eggs breakfast and forum on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 445 S. Alvernon Way, from 7:30 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. The theme is "Are Arizona's College & Career Ready Standards the Answer?" Common Core: Facts vs. Myths. This was an opportunity for the public to learn more about Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core) for our public schools.

Common Core has become a controversial subject throughout the country. The League's objective in hosting this forum is that the audience will gain a better understanding of the facts and myths associated with the topic and why these standards were developed by the National Governors' Conference in collaboration with private businesses and top state public school officials across the country. Business organizations have been strong proponents of the standards and have been instrumental in their implementation in Arizona and elsewhere.

Panelists confirmed for the March 13th event include Mike Varney, President and CEO of the Tucson MetroChamber of Commerce, UA professor Dr. William McCallum, lead writer of the Common Core mathematics standards, Dr. H.T. Sanchez, TUSD Superintendent, and Brittany Betterton, a teacher at Elvira Elementary in the Sunnyside District. Ms. Betterton is a Rodel Exemplary Teacher of the Year. Bruce Dusenberry, president of Horizon Moving Systems and community activist, will moderate the event.

The cost to attend the breakfast buffet is $47.50 if reserved by March 9. After that time, reservations will be $50. Business sponsorships are welcomed. Reservations for the event and information about sponsorships are available on the League's website at LWVGT.org or Email us at IssuesAndEggs@lwvgt.org or by calling 520-327-7652.


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Issues and Eggs 2014

First Year of our Annual Issues and Eggs Breakfasts

On April 11, 2014 The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson hosted the first Issues and Eggs breakfast with speakers from business and education discussing the connection between education and jobs.

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