A new school year starts in WA — with the same old funding problems

This week is the real start of the new year. Parents take their five-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

We must back taxes if we want smaller classes

Last November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1351. I-1351 directed the Legislature to allocate funding for smaller K-12 class sizes, with extra class-size reductions in high-poverty schools. Increased funding for these changes was to have been phased in over four years.

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New state budget averts govt shutdown, but ignores voter mandate to reduce class sizes

Last week, Washington legislators and the Governor managed to pass a state budget and avert a government shutdown. The new budget boosts K-12 funding just enough to maybe hit this year’s target set by the state Supreme Court in the

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

A tax reform plan to fund K-12, higher education and more — at less cost to nearly all of us

The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets. Neither party has a long-term plan for fully funding K-12 education, higher education, mental health, public employee contracts and teacher cost-of-living

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform

Follow the money and fix the state budget

Now that the Legislature is back at work, they have to find the revenues for K-12 education, for higher education, for foster kids, for the mentally ill, for the state patrol, for home care workers and early childhood teachers and

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks

Yes, I-1351 costs money, but our kids are worth it

It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voter’s pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/ disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity

Smaller class sizes help deliver on the promise of a great education

I always think of September as the actual beginning of the year.  School starts, summer vacation is over, and we are all back to work.  As I help out with coaching duties for cross country at Ballard High School, I

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity
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