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Losing Ground: How an obsessive testing culture hurts American schools

Some of the world’s highest-performing students are also those tested least. Does America’s current obsession with testing hurt the people we’re trying to help most – namely, students?

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Maybe it isn’t just the teachers in Finland…

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, the esteemed Finnish educator, scholar and speaker who visited Seattle this past November to discuss the applicability of Finland’s education system to Washington state, recently proposed an interesting idea in a column for The Washington Post: what

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

WA Senate keeps creating more tax loopholes

It’s the job of the Legislature to make sure our kids get a good education, open the doors to higher education, keep us safe at home and on our roads, and to maintain parks for our recreation, enjoyment, and quality

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

Fair Revenue for an Opportunity Economy in Washington

May 17, 2013

The Inadequacy Problem: The Great Recession and painfully slow recovery have resulted in five years of fiscal crisis for Washington. But the state began ratcheting down the level of spending on public education at least two decades ago. In the

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

Evaluating Paid Sick Leave: Social, Economic and Health Implications for Washington

Evaluating Paid Sick Leave: Social, Economic and Health Implications for Washington

May 15, 2013

In today’s economy, many families and businesses are struggling to stay afloat after years of high unemployment, stagnant earnings, and fluctuations in consumer demand. Paid sick leave standards are an important policy tool to help restore economic security for working families,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Sick Days

Governor’s budget proposal is a step in the right direction – but does not go far enough

Our state budget is one of the main ways elected leaders make decisions on our behalf about the future our children and our state will have. Will we continue to underfund education and overcrowd classrooms, or provide adequate resources so

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

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

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

WA state budget all-nighter to bring more jobs, fewer tax breaks

Just about everyone was relieved to hear state budget negotiations came to a close early this morning. In general, the headlines have been positive: Basic Health and Disability Lifeline were protected in the budget, and tax breaks for some out-of-state

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

WA preschool quality is improving, but access is limited

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) reports that Washington state is faltering  in the effort to deliver high-quality preschool education to children in need. Their report, The State of Preschool 2011, shows little improvement in access to preschool over

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity
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