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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

Education K-12 Education

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

A path forward on full funding for Washington’s schools

Column Early Learning Education Higher Education K-12 Education

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

Seattle’s Teachers Ratify Contract and End Strike, But Now the Fight Goes to Olympia

Education K-12 Education

| September 21, 2015 | The Stranger

A new school year starts in WA — with the same old funding problems

Education K-12 Education

John Burbank | September 9, 2015

This week is the real start of the new year. Parents take their five-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the weather turns colder and wetter, the days are shorter, and our teachers renew t

To meet the education funding challenge, Washington needs a progressive income tax

Education K-12 Education State Economy Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Marilyn Watkins | August 21, 2015

The Washington State Supreme Court found  the State in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.”  On August 13, 2015, the Court imposed a $100,000-a-day fine on the state until a satisfactory plan to meet this obligation has been adopted. Washington underfunds

New state budget averts govt shutdown, but ignores voter mandate to reduce class sizes

Education Higher Education K-12 Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Economic Opportunity Institute | July 8, 2015

Last week, Washington legislators and the Governor managed to pass a state budget and avert a government shutdown. The new budget boosts K-12 funding just enough to maybe hit this year’s target set by the state Supreme Court in the McCleary decision. But the Legislature failed to achieve a long term plan for

Why Washington State’s Tax System Continues to Fail Our Kids

Education K-12 Education

| Marilyn Watkins | September 17, 2014 | South Seattle Emerald

We simply need to lower tuition

Column K-12 Education

| John Burbank | March 12, 2014 | Everett Herald

Improvement at schools like Rainier Beach requires sustained funding

Education K-12 Education

Economic Opportunity Institute | February 25, 2014

As a follow up to our post from Marilyn Watkins this morning on education funding, we’re cross-posting a recent op-ed from The Seattle Times by a teacher at Rainier Beach High School. Enjoy. Recently, a colleague and I visited another Seattle high school. When we were introduced to the class as teachers from

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