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Paving the Pathways to Quality

Paving the Pathways to Quality

March 17, 2009

Over the last several decades, a large body of rigorous research on early childhood education has repeatedly shown what many in the field already know: teachers are the most central figures in the quality of care. This overarching finding is

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Respecting Early Learning: Giving Early Childhood Education Directors and Teachers a Voice

Respecting Early Learning: Giving Early Childhood Education Directors and Teachers a Voice

February 24, 2009

Early learning is the basis for our children’s success in school, in work, and life. High-quality early learning relies on the most critical factors in teacher-child interaction: the teacher’s own professionalism, education, compensation, and morale. But the market for child

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News on the state budget

Gregoire offers up no-new-taxes budget that freezes pay; workers say they’ll seek better deal from Legislature: Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled a two-year state budget to close a $5.7 billion budget gap by freezing pay for some 250,000 state and school

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

A conversation with David Kirp

November 10, 2008

David Kirp is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His body of work includes some fifteen books, as well as many articles that have appeared in leading policy focused social science

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Tax cuts and a broader tax base could yield $2 billion to fix Washington’s budget gap

The projected budget shortfall Washington is now facing presents a unique opportunity for state policymakers to write a budget that stimulates broad economic growth by making our tax system fairer and more in sync with our 21st century economy. Steady

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Bush years have taken a heavy toll on most families

My friend Becky’s house hasn’t sold. She put her house on the market months ago, priced to sell, and is still waiting for the first offer. It’s a lovely home in a pleasant neighborhood, conveniently located to regional job centers.

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Direct part of oil windfall to where it’s truly needed

I met someone in the grocery store the other day who had just moved back to the city from the suburbs. The reason: gas prices. A year ago the average cost per gallon in Washington was $2.96. On Aug. 1,

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Taxes are the price of liberty

Basking in the glow of fireworks, it’s sometimes easy to forget that liberty has a very real price tag attached. Three priceless things we buy with our tax dollars every day – by no means the only examples: Education: From

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services, Retirement Security, Social Security

Teachers’ pay continues to slide

A recent press release from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is titled “Teachers’ pay continues to slide” – which would seem to say it all, but there is more to the story. While legislators are debating an additional 1% increase

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Video: A World of Opportunity

February 28, 2008

Based on finding from the report: “A World of Opportunity“. The report showcases the practical findings and the transformational nature of a study mission undertaken by a diverse group of 21 people (including members of the media, public school leadership

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity
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