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After Busing Ended, Seattle’s Racial Achievement Gaps Worsened

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Melanie Mazza | March 30, 2018

Traveling from Rainier Beach to Ballard through the Central District and Queen Anne feels more like passing through four cities rather than through four pockets of the same one. Each neighborhood contributes to what we call Seattle, but there are stark, invisible lines demarcating one place from another. Seat

‘A Christmas Carol’: Sending the Poor to Prison

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Matthew Caruchet | December 22, 2017

When he was 12 years old in 1824, Charles Dickens worked 10-hour days in a rat-infested shoe-polish factory for six shillings a week. That’s the equivalent of £30.68 or $41.06 in 2017 currency. It was all the money he had to get by. His father, mother, and five siblings aged 2-11 were in prison because the fa

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

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Issue Brief | John Burbank | 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 account of race, color, caste, or sex.” [1] In 2014, the State Supr

Underfunding college shifts burden, debt to students

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| John Burbank | September 20, 2017 | Everett Herald

Underfunding college shifts burden, debt to students

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John Burbank | September 20, 2017

Monday night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities in the country. President Donald Trump had only asked for $54 billion. Politicians from both parties derided Sen. Bernie Sanders for pl

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

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| September 15, 2017

State budget cuts have driven up the price of college — even as total costs have declined. During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $3,621 at University of Washington (UW) or Washington State University (WSU). That covered about 16% of the $22,100 total yearly cost per stud

A good education shouldn’t be a matter of wealth

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| John Burbank | September 6, 2017 | Everett Herald

Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

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John Burbank | August 24, 2017

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach for many, unless they take out gargantuan

As Child-Care Costs Reach Crisis Level, How Can WA Help?

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| July 18, 2017 | Public News Service

Refusal to re-balance taxes hinders schoolkids

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| John Burbank | June 15, 2017 | Everett Herald

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