The poverty rate of black Iowans is more than three times that of whites. For Hispanics, it is more than twice the poverty rate of whites.
Today on River to River, we look into this disparity by exploring how education fits into the cycle of poverty. We look to Iowa City, where there are large differences in student population between schools, and find out what steps the district is taking to achieve a better socioeconomic balance of students. We also examine other barriers to a child's education, how low educational achievement can lead to low income, and how the poverty trap continues through generations.