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Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

November 7, 2017

For a PDF of this report, click here. The Washington State Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

October 20, 2016

Washington has taken commendable steps toward building a high quality early childhood education system. Substantive public investment in early learning – primarily through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad

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Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of

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How Washington is pricing thousands of high school graduates out of college

Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will funding for state financial aid. And even adjusted for inflation, the cost of tuition

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

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

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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How Proposition 1A will put Seattle on the road to high-quality early learning

Seattle’s Proposition 1A and Proposition 1B are both about high-quality early learning – but the similarities end there. Here’s why we recommend 1A for voters, and how 1B can be improved for next year.

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Game of Loans

Game of Loans

October 8, 2014

Today, 7 in 10 students are graduating with an average $29,400 in debt, making them less likely to own homes, buy cars, graduate with a STEM degree, and spur economic growth. EOI’s Pay It Forward plan offers no upfront tuition while

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