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

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Issue Brief | John Burbank | November 7, 2017

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 Supreme Court found Washington State in co

A good education shouldn’t be a matter of wealth

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| John Burbank | September 6, 2017 | Everett Herald

Refusal to re-balance taxes hinders schoolkids

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| John Burbank | June 15, 2017 | Everett Herald

Refusal to re-balance taxes hinders schoolkids

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John Burbank | June 15, 2017

It’s day 23 of a second special session in Olympia, since legislators couldn’t agree to a state budget before the end of the regular session. Now they have only 16 days left until the new two-year fiscal term. It will be hard to start that without a budget! The cause for delay is a disagreement over how to in

From start, kids should be learning two languages

Column K-12 Education

| May 31, 2017 | Everett Herald

Don’t just talk about “world class” education, enable it for all kids in Washington

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John Burbank | May 31, 2017

The clock is winding down on a second special session in Olympia, and legislators haven’t yet made serious progress on their paramount duty to amply fund K-12 education, despite an order from the state Supreme Court to do so. Meanwhile, newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal isn’t wa

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

Fully funding Washington’s education system means legislators must find their backbones

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Marilyn Watkins | January 10, 2016

Washington’s legislature launches a 60-day session January 11. As in the past several years, their biggest challenge will be money – how to adequately fund schools without slashing the other services necessary to protect the health and safety of our state’s people. The Legislature and State Supreme Court have

Fully funding Washington’s education system means legislators must find their backbones

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| Marilyn Watkins | January 10, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

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