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High-tuition/high-aid college financing: The middle-class squeeze and student loan debt explosion

Low-income state residents are not the only ones whose dreams of higher education are thwarted by rising tuition. While schools have at least attempted to off-set some of the rising costs for low-income students, middle-income students and their families, particularly

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Washington lags other states in access to higher education

Access to higher education is a key contributor to family economic security and upward mobility. But despite the acknowledged importance of higher education to state residents and businesses, Washington lags other states in promoting college access. Since 1980, median family

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

More momentum for paid sick days

The idea is simple: Ensure every worker in America has the right to earn paid sick days on the job. Catchy, isn’t it? MarketWatch – the online media group owned by the Wall Street Journal – recently published a great

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Schoolyard bully: Davis Wright Tremain shaking down Seattle Public Schools for a whole lot of lunch money

A local law firm already forced Seattle Public Schools to shelve the racial tie-breaker. Now it’s making the district pay the legal bill. From Real Change News: Pro bono is a term used by lawyers for legal work they perform

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity

Growing chorus of voices for paid sick days

Newspapers across the country are carrying articles, op-eds, and editorials about the need for minimum paid sick days for every American worker: Washington: Sick with swine flu but no paid sick leave: Last week, The Seattle Times editorialized to “take

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Health Care, Paid Sick Days

Washington State education funding and tax reform

May 1, 2009

Washington State must ensure public investment in education keeps up with the needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s economy. A more modern tax system that is fair to middle-class families will fuel long-term economic growth and keep the doors to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Washington’s Structural Deficit: Without tax reform, pain will outlast recession

Washington’s Structural Deficit: Without tax reform, pain will outlast recession

April 27, 2009

The worldwide recession has struck a major blow to state and local government budgets, including Washington’s. But Washington’s budget woes will outlast the recession because the state also has a structural deficit. Without raising rates or adding new taxes, revenues

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

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

An Income Tax for Washington: Questions and Answers

April 22, 2009

Washington State has been losing ground on education for 15 years, slipping towards the bottom of national rankings in class size and school funding. Our children, workers, and businesses deserve better. The recession highlights how difficult it is to raise

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services, Progressive Tax Reform

A Failing Grade: “High Tuition/High Aid”

A Failing Grade: “High Tuition/High Aid”

April 8, 2009

In the face of impending budget cuts to higher education, Washington policymakers are considering adopting a “high-tuition/high-aid” model of financing. In theory, by significantly increasing tuition, students who can afford it pay more; those students who cannot, benefit from larger financial aid packages

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Policymakers consider failed “High-Tuition/High-Aid” model for Washington colleges

In the face of impending budget cuts to higher education, Washington policymakers are considering adopting a “high-tuition/high-aid” model that significantly increases tuition, partly offset with more financial aid. The assumption of this approach is that students who can afford it

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education
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