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Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

November 7, 2017

For a PDF of this report, click here. The Washington State Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

October 20, 2016

Washington has taken commendable steps toward building a high quality early childhood education system. Substantive public investment in early learning – primarily through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

January 27, 2015

The need for health professionals has increased dramatically in recent years, putting the nursing profession at a crossroads. Washington is no exception, facing a looming shortage not only nurses – which is expected to grow in the coming years – but

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Game of Loans

Game of Loans

October 8, 2014

Today, 7 in 10 students are graduating with an average $29,400 in debt, making them less likely to own homes, buy cars, graduate with a STEM degree, and spur economic growth. EOI’s Pay It Forward plan offers no upfront tuition while

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Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

April 3, 2014

Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward bill, the Economic Opportunity Institute has worked to build a national network of supporters, stakeholders, policy experts and legislators. The Pay It Forward approach to tuition-free higher

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

Building a Responsible Budget for Washington State

March 28, 2013

Since the Great Recession began in 2008, Washington has cut billions in funding for public services, damaging lives and constraining future opportunities. Class sizes are larger, fewer children are enrolled in quality early learning, young adults pay sharply higher tuition,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

John Burbank: Testimony on Pay it Forward, the Debt-Free Degree Plan for Vermonters

John Burbank: Testimony on Pay it Forward, the Debt-Free Degree Plan for Vermonters

March 22, 2013

Presentation given by John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI Presentation to the Vermont House and Senate Education Committees Pay It Forward is a pragmatic business model for funding higher education. How does it work? Replaces tuition with postgraduate contributions into a state trust fund Funds future

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Presentation on Pay it Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan for Oregon

Presentation on Pay it Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan for Oregon

February 25, 2013

Presentation given by John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI Presentation to the Oregon House Higher Education Committee Pay It Forward is a pragmatic business model for funding higher education. How does it work? Replaces tuition with postgraduate contributions into a state trust fund Funds future students from

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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