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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

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| October 31, 2016 | The Olympian

Wealthy King County donors bankroll Olympia ballot proposal

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| October 17, 2016 | The Olympian

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

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| April 15, 2016 | The Olympian

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

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Report | Kelli Smith | January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad swaths of students fro

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

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Report | Kelli Smith | January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of Pay It

A path forward on full funding for Washington’s schools

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John Burbank | September 28, 2015

Good public schools won’t solve all the problems we face — but public education is a crucial cornerstone for creating hope and opportunity for students, and for building stronger communities and a more prosperous, equitable economy. Ensuring every child has equal access to this ladder of opportunity, from pre

The cost of higher education in WA hasn’t increased much, but the price has gone up — here’s why

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Aaron Keating | September 3, 2015

Adjusted for inflation, the total cost of higher education hasn’t changed much since the mid-1990’s. But the state’s share of that cost has dropped like a stone. Tuition and fees have increased to make up for state funding cuts — putting college out of reach for thousands of Washington’s high school graduate

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