Yes, I-1351 costs money, but our kids are worth it

It’s election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voter’s pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/ disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity

Smaller class sizes help deliver on the promise of a great education

I always think of September as the actual beginning of the year.  School starts, summer vacation is over, and we are all back to work.  As I help out with coaching duties for cross country at Ballard High School, I

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Paid sick days: Children’s health and education

From the report Evaluating Paid Sick Leave Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |10 A parent’s lack of paid sick leave can have a negative impact on the

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Cough if you need sick leave

The short, lumpy red couch in Stili Klikizos’ second-grade classroom at Milwaukee’s Fratney Elementary School was meant for quiet-time reading. Now it’s “the sick couch,” a place for ill students to lie down as they await the bus that takes

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News Highlight | Learning for Life: King 5 News special report

King 5’s recent reporting on early education in Washington State includes interviews with businesses leaders and elected officials who have stated their strong support for early education programs. Studies prove early education programs with a high-quality curriculum and teacher training

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

How you can help protect Washington’s colleges and universities in 2010

Rebuilding Our Economic Future has put together a couple of fact sheets on how last year’s budget cuts affected Washington’s community and technical colleges and public universities. You can probably guess: enrollments are through the roof as people try to

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Guess what Washington’s budget has in store for your school district? Find out here.

The current state budget proposal relies on huge budget cuts to K-12 schools, higher education, health care, public safety and other important services. Those cuts will devastate Washington families and jeopardize the future of our state’s children. See how it

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

Lack of Paid Sick Days May Worsen Flu Pandemic

From the New York Times: Public health experts worried about the spread of the H1N1 flu are raising concerns that workers who deal with the public, like waiters and child care employees, are jeopardizing others by reporting to work sick

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care

Taxpayers’ investment in our colleges pays off

From the Everett Herald: Last Sunday I was bicycling by the University of Washington and practically had to stop because of all the people mobbing the path. Dawg Days had begun. So what are Dawg Days? That’s what’s called “orientation”

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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