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

    Issue Brief | November 7, 2017 | By John Burbank

    For a PDF of this report, click here. 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 Supr

    Seattle: Creating Progressive Funding for Urgent Public Needs

    Presentation | May 31, 2017 | By John Burbank

    We can protect Seattle’s great quality of life and lead the way on community investments in affordable housing, homelessness solutions, educational equity and climate action by fixing our upside-down tax code.

    Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

    Issue Brief | October 20, 2016 | By Carolanne Sanders, John Burbank

    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

    Health Coverage in King County

    Issue Brief | August 25, 2016 | By John Burbank

    King County residents, especially those with U.S. citizenship, have benefitted greatly from the expansion of health coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Between April 2014 and March 2016, the number of residents covered through Apple Health (Medicaid) and the Qualified Health Plans offered through the Washin

    The Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder

    Fact Sheet | February 1, 2016 | By John Burbank

    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

    Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

    Report | January 24, 2016 | By John Burbank

    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

    Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

    Issue Brief | January 27, 2015 | By John Burbank

    The need for health professionals has increased dramatically in recent years, putting the nursing profession at a crossroads. Washington is no exception, facing a looming shortage not only nurses – which is expected to grow in the coming years – but also nurse educators. To meet the burgeoning need for nurses

    Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

    Fact Sheet | April 3, 2014 | By John Burbank

    Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward bill, the Economic Opportunity Institute has worked to build a national network of supporters, stakeholders, policy experts and legislators. The Pay It Forward approach to tuition-free higher education has captured the n

    Pay It Forward: Debt-Free Access to Higher Education

    Issue Brief | October 17, 2013 | By John Burbank

    Students are losing their shot at the American Dream Long-term declines in state higher education funding and more recent severe budget cuts are pushing college out of reach for middle class and low-income students. Facing stagnant household incomes, students and their families are forced to choose to either

    John Burbank: Testimony on Pay it Forward, the Debt-Free Degree Plan for Vermonters

    Testimony | March 22, 2013 | By John Burbank

    Presentation given by John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI Presentation to the Vermont House and Senate Education Committees Pay It Forward is a pragmatic business model for funding higher education. How does it work? Replaces tuition with postgraduate contributions into a state trust fund Funds future stude

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