11.30.2012 | Finnish students are among the best in the world. Their success has come through a system that would seem unorthodox here in the United States: no standardized testing, no private schools, fewer hours in school, teacher autonomy, full national funding, and equality in education, among other things. This document highlights some of the distinguishing characteristics of the Finnish education system, in hopes of catalyzing further conversation and exploration.
10.26.2012 | Growing numbers of Washington’s high school graduates are losing their shot at the American Dream, as the long-term decline in state funding for higher education pushes tuition costs out of reach for middle-class families. It is time to radically rethink how Washington state finances its public colleges and universities, so the American Dream stays within reach of every student willing to put in the time and effort to succeed in school.
07.27.2009 | Washington State is falling behind in the effort to build a world class education system as continued cuts in state funding and the corresponding tuition hikes mean fewer, more expensive slots at public universities and colleges for Washington families. “Sticker shock” is likely to drive down applications from low-income and minority students despite increased financial aid, while middle-income graduates take on more debt to pay for school. With public funding for state higher education at a 30-year low, Losing by Degrees calls on state leaders to identify new sources of public revenue to increase public investment in higher education in order to build a more competitive economy, and warns of lost economic security and decreased business competitiveness if no action is taken.
05.01.2009 | Washington State must ensure public investment in education keeps up with the needs of today's students and tomorrow's economy. A more modern tax system that is fair to middle-class families will fuel long-term economic growth and keep the doors to personal opportunity open for everyone. Presented by Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute at the Washington PTA State Convention.
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04.08.2009 | In the face of impending budget cuts to higher education, Washington policymakers are considering adopting a “high-tuition/high-aid” model that significantly increases tuition, partly offset with more financial aid. The assumption of this approach is that students who can afford it pay more; those students who cannot, benefit from larger financial aid packages. But the experience of universities that have adopted this model shows that high-tuition/high-aid preserves neither access nor quality.
| Despite evidence that full-day kindergarten helps to enable the success
of our children and families and enhance the state's economic vitality,
availability of full-day kindergarten in Washington is limited and
funding remains inadequate.
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07.01.2004 | The evidence is in on the benefits of high-quality early learning programs, but Washington State has yet to create an integrated system of pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten with well-trained teachers and adequate public funding. This brief reviews successful, promising models in the state and lays out possible routes for secure public funding to make universal pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten a reality. Full Report »
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