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Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

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Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the zip code of their residence. Beyond that basic human right

Inslee’s Budget A Victory For Equitable Education

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| Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

Fact-checking Olympia’s Initiative 1 proposal to fund tuition through an income tax

Education Higher Education

| October 31, 2016 | The Olympian

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

Early Learning Education

Issue Brief | Carolanne Sanders, John Burbank | 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) –  is expand

Wealthy King County donors bankroll Olympia ballot proposal

Education Higher Education

| October 17, 2016 | The Olympian

Wages too low, options too few: Washington’s child care crisis impacts children, parents, providers

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Aaron Keating | April 28, 2016

For Laura Chandler, seeing parents struggle with the rising costs of child care and dwindling availability is almost a daily occurrence. Chandler has worked as an early learning curriculum coordinator at Small Faces in Seattle for almost three decades: “I’m proud to work in child care, but after 28 years in t

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

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Economic Opportunity Institute | April 15, 2016

[via The Olympian] A petition is circulating for a new ordinance that would tax Olympia’s wealthiest households to generate college tuition money for all local high school graduates. Backed by a volunteer group called Opportunity for Olympia, the proposal calls for creating a 1.5 percent tax on household inco

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

| April 15, 2016 | The Olympian

Building political will and finding public revenue for early care and learning

Early Learning Education

John Burbank | March 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in a child care center in 2014 in Washington State w

The Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder

Early Learning

Fact Sheet | John Burbank | February 1, 2016

Policymakers and educators alike agree: high-quality early learning depends on the competency, education, and compensation of a child’s teacher/caregiver.[1] While Washington has made strides on the first two factors, it has failed to ensure early childhood teachers are adequately compensated, even with an av

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