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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

Refusal to re-balance taxes hinders schoolkids

It’s day 23 of a second special session in Olympia, since legislators couldn’t agree to a state budget before the end of the regular session. Now they have only 16 days left until the new two-year fiscal term. It will

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education, Progressive Tax Reform

Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

May 31, 2017

We can protect Seattle’s great quality of life and lead the way on community investments in affordable housing, homelessness solutions, educational equity and climate action by fixing our upside-down tax code.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

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

Taxes are a potluck buffet – and we’re the better for it

This being early April, I found myself working on my taxes during some beautiful sunny weather last weekend — and wishing I’d done them the week before, when it was raining! It’s too bad paying taxes feels like such a

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Funding Public Services

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

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

January 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

State income tax would fix school funding and much more

Twelve days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform

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
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