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Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

April 3, 2014

Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward bill, the Economic Opportunity Institute has worked to build a national network of supporters, stakeholders, policy experts and legislators. The Pay It Forward approach to tuition-free higher

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John Burbank: Testimony on Pay it Forward, the Debt-Free Degree Plan for Vermonters

John Burbank: Testimony on Pay it Forward, the Debt-Free Degree Plan for Vermonters

March 22, 2013

Presentation given by John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI Presentation to the Vermont House and Senate Education Committees Pay It Forward is a pragmatic business model for funding higher education. How does it work? Replaces tuition with postgraduate contributions into a state trust fund Funds future

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Presentation on Pay it Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan for Oregon

Presentation on Pay it Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan for Oregon

February 25, 2013

Presentation given by John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI Presentation to the Oregon House Higher Education Committee Pay It Forward is a pragmatic business model for funding higher education. How does it work? Replaces tuition with postgraduate contributions into a state trust fund Funds future students from

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John Burbank: On implementing Pay It Forward, the Debt-free Degree plan

John Burbank: On implementing Pay It Forward, the Debt-free Degree plan

February 15, 2013

Testimony by John Burbank to the Washington State Higher Education Task Force On Pay It Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan for Washington  This is a highly innovative policy proposal that involves interactions between students, parents, individual institutions, the state of

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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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What Washington can learn from Finland’s success in K-12 education

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,

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Why must our schools always be compared with Finland?

In every education survey, Finland seems to come out on top. Finland. And I’ll bet you’re sick and tired of hearing how great Finland is. But I wanted to find out why, so asked the man who helped Finland do

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Not making the grade: Washington state failing to adequately fund K-12 education

Washington has fallen behind other states in our commitment to funding our K-12 public education system. Data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Washington slipped to 46th place among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in public school spending

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Do Opportunity Scholarships pick winners, losers?

Removing barriers to higher education is one of the few places there’s bipartisan agreement (at least in theory) in Olympia. And the biggest barrier – by far – to higher education is high tuition. But Washington state’s recession-induced budget shortfall,

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Why Initiative 1098 is right for Washington

Why Initiative 1098 is right for Washington

September 15, 2010

Initiative 1098 will reduce taxes for most Washington households by cutting property taxes and exempting small businesses from the business and occupation tax. I-1098 will also raise new revenue dedicated to education, health and long-term care by adding a modest

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