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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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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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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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John Burbank: On implementing Pay It Forward, the Debt-free Degree plan

John Burbank: On implementing Pay It Forward, the Debt-free Degree plan

February 15, 2013

Testimony by John Burbank to the Washington State Higher Education Task Force On Pay It Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan for Washington  This is a highly innovative policy proposal that involves interactions between students, parents, individual institutions, the state of

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The Finnish education model: Highlights, resources and research

The Finnish education model: Highlights, resources and research

November 30, 2012

Finnish students are among the best in the world. Their success has come through a system that would seem unorthodox here in the United States: no standardized testing, no private schools, fewer hours in school, teacher autonomy, full national funding, and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

House of Straw: How Washington’s tax system undermines our economic future – and how to fix it

House of Straw: How Washington’s tax system undermines our economic future – and how to fix it

October 1, 2012

Washington needs a new tax system. As a state, we have been ratcheting down the level of spending on education for at least two decades, depriving many of our children and young adults of the foundations they need to achieve

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

$2 Billion in Progressive Annual Revenue for Washington

December 20, 2011

This brief lists, in detail, $2 billion in annual state revenue that could be raised by asking the wealthiest corporations and people to pay their fair share, ending tax preferences for big banks and and commercial farms, and updating our

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One Billion in Progressive Revenue

One Billion in Progressive Revenue

November 14, 2011

Washington legislators will convene a special session on November 28th to respond to a $1.4 billion drop in expected revenue for the remainder of the 2011-13 state budget. As this fact sheet outlines, by closing tax breaks that favor the

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