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H1N1 virus points out overdue investments in public schools

Education leaders have plenty of free advice for local schools about how best to prepare for what disease control experts say could be a serious flu outbreak this fall – but schools have precious little money to follow up on

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, 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

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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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Funding Public Services

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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Posted in 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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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

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

Battening the hatches: Fixing Washington’s tax system to better weather economic storms

Sunday’s Seattle Times’ outlines potential fallout from the nation’s economic for Washington State. Workers and business stand to take a hit – but so does state government: Atop the list of recessionary losers is government revenue as tax collections fall.

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