2017 LWVGT Issues & Eggs Breakfast

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    2017 Issues & Eggs Breakfast, A Community Forum
    Sponsored By
    The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson

    The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson will host its 4th Annual Issues & Eggs Breakfast on Friday, March 3rd, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Reid Park, 445 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 will moderate a panel of local experts who will:

    * 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.

    Our Panelists include:

    Chris Gutierrez, Principal, Holaway Elementary School

    Dr. Mary Jondrow, 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 are $50 per person and tables of 10 are $475/$500 after Feb 20th. Reservations can be made using a credit card at LWVGT.org or by sending a check to LWVGT, 2424 E. Broadway, Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85719-6011 before February 27th. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

    Those interested in being a sponsor should contact Janet Marcotte at 520-299-1562 for details.  Proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will support nonpartisan publications, candidate forums, and production of educational voter information to benefit the citizens of southern Arizona.  By supporting the nonpartisan, not-for-profit League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, individuals will also support civil debate that strengthens our democracy.

    To learn more about the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, please refer to our website at www.lwvgt.org.

    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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