Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Progressive Tax Reform

Four solutions for Washington state’s budget dilemma

Adopting a budget will be the main task of Washington’s legislature in 2015. The state’s elected leaders face a big challenge. Income inequality is constricting family budgets and the whole economy, here in Washington and nationwide. Washington also has an

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How Proposition 1A will put Seattle on the road to high-quality early learning

Seattle’s Proposition 1A and Proposition 1B are both about high-quality early learning – but the similarities end there. Here’s why we recommend 1A for voters, and how 1B can be improved for next year.

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Join EOI for a community forum with local leaders working on economic inequality

What’s being done here at home to support working families and broaden the middle class? Join EOI on March 26th at 6:30 p.m. in Seattle to hear about local solutions to economic inequality from the leaders championing them. We’ll be

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days

Early learning: Babysitters are nice, but teachers are better

Every parent wants their child to get a strong start in life and learn to his/her full potential – which is why today’s moms and dads want more than a daytime babysitter. They want their child(ren) to develop critical social

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Here’s what education reform ought to look like

From the Everett Herald: ‘Reform” is usually considered a good thing — but some education advocates talk as if a handful of charter schools and firing teachers based on their students’ test scores are the magic bullets that will “fix”

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

Law Enforcement Leaders Speak Out for Early Learning

From the Washington News Service: SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington spends more than $800 million a year on corrections, and advocates for children believe there’s a way to reduce that number – by funding early learning programs. On Thursday, the Spokane

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Washington may accomplish more than you’d expect in early education in 2011

From Birth to Thrive Online: In Washington State, early learning leaders have set 11 priorities for 2011, and despite the massive budget deficit they could make more progress than you might think. The priorities are the next step in Washington’s

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