SPOTLIGHT WEBCAST: Education Reform and Poverty

The Impact of Poverty, Race and Ethnicity on High School Success


The disparities in the U.S. educational system have profound negative consequences for children of color and those living in poverty. With high school drop out rates continuing to climb, the crisis facing our educational system shows no signs of abating. In this Spotlight webcast, Michael Wotorson, executive director of the Campaign for High School Equity, and Kerry Venegas, high school policy project director for the National Indian Education Association, examine how race and ethnicity effects high school success and completion and ways the educational system could be reformed to support minority students.

Wotorson and Venegas discuss the role that community colleges play in the transition from high school to college, the need for education reform to achieve poverty reduction, and the potential for the new Common Core State Standards initiative to serve as a critical first step in closingthe high school racial gap.   

This webcast is the second in a series examining education,race and poverty. The first webcast featured Dr. Eric Cooper, founder and president of the National Urban Alliancefor Effective Education, and Dr. Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. View the webcast.

Below are selected Spotlight webcasts and commentaries on education and poverty. For more information on this topic, including research and the latest news, visit Spotlight’s Education and Poverty section.       

The Effects of Race, Poverty & Equal Opportunity in America

April 26, 2010

By Dr. Eric J. Cooper, president of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

What We Know about School Integration, College Attendance, and the Reduction of Poverty

April 5, 2010

By Phillip Tegeler, executive director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council and Roslyn Arlin Mickelson and Martha Bottia, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 

Ending Poverty through Education

February 8, 2010

By Michelle Rhee, chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools 

Three Policy Priorities for Improving Success Beyond High School

January 11, 2010

By Hilary Pennington and Greg Shaw, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Poverty and Education Reform: The Obama Administration and the DC Student Voucher Program

January 5, 2010

By Vicki E. Murray, education studies associate director, and Evelyn B. Stacey, education studies policy fellow, Pacific Research Institute

Spotlight webcast with Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond

September 9, 2009

The Impact of Child Poverty on Education and School Redesign and Inequity