The Impact of Poverty on Education and What We Can Do About It
A Joint BBA/SCOPE Education Policy Briefing
Thursday, April 19, 1:00-3:00 pm
106 Senate Dirksen Building
The American Dream relies on public education to be the Great Equalizer, with the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and other education policies playing critical roles. Findings from the recent Russell Sage compendium Whither Opportunity, however, call into question the capacity of education policy and systems to realize the promise of a level playing field. Four experts provide different perspectives on the impact of poverty on educational attainment and resulting implications for federal policymaking. Read the National Education Association's coverage of the event.
For SCOPE's brief on the inequitable distribution of teachers click here. For information on growing residential segregation by Sean Reardon and Kendra Bischoff click here. Chapter one of Class and Schools is available here Chapter 5 of Whither Opportunity here.
• Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Faculty Director, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy
• Sean Reardon, Professor of Education and Sociology, Stanford University School of Education and contributing author, Whither Opportunity.
• David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center, Newark, New Jersey
Discussant: Eric Rafael González, Education Policy Advocate, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Moderator: Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader Bold Approach to Education
10:1 That's Nobel economist James Heckman's estimated return to society from high-quality pre-k programs' help in boosting low-income children's cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social readiness for school and life. View the full BBA infographic to learn more.