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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

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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Two lessons for Washington’s legislators from the 2014 election

Reading what voters really want from election results is a tricky business. But now that the 2014 election contests are pretty much decided, here are some lessons for Washington’s legislators to consider for their 2015 session: First: Paid sick days

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

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

Ballmer and equity in the NW

There is a political phenomenon that while we hate Congress (approval rating currently at 9 percent), we like, respect, and almost always re-elect the local Congressperson we know. The same phenomenon occurs when we think about wealth. Most of us

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Finland’s model shows respect for all

I just returned from a trip to Finland to visit old friends. I brought home a bill from a hospital. You may wonder how these two things connect. The bill from the hospital was for a friend of mine. She

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, EOI

Losing Ground: America’s testing culture hurts teachers, too

Part two of a three-part series on America’s testing culture and its impacts on education. In our last post about the negative percussions associated with American education’s testing culture, we outlined how examination after examination hurts the development of our

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Seattle School District to consider changing school start times

We all remember just how enticing the snooze button looked when our alarm went off at 6:15 every morning in high school. Sleep deprivation – as students tried to balance their studies with part-time work and a social life –

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Posted in Educational Opportunity
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