The Impact of Poverty on Education: Diverse Scholarly Perspectives
A Joint BBA/SCOPE Education Policy Briefing
Thursday, April 19, 2012
106 Senate Dirksen Building
Peter Edelman, Sean Reardon, David Sciarra, and Linda Darling-Hammond
Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
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.
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
Linda Darling-Hammond (Moderator), Charles Ducommon Professor of Education and co-director, Standard Center for Opportunity Policy in Education