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Issues and Eggs

Friday - March 3, 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.


  • Tucson Electric Power

  • HSL Properties
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

  • Maxwell Aesthetics

  • Cox Communications
  • Desert Diamond Casino
  • Holualoa Companies
  • PICOR, Cushman-Wakfield Commercial Real Estate

Sponsor or Other Information

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