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Ladders to opportunity: Sandra

“I grew up with farmers and mechanics, and those types of jobs were the middle class. And it just doesn’t seem that way anymore.”  Sandra grew up in a time when many hard working families were able to join the middle

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Health Care, Higher Education

Ladders to opportunity: Katie

“I just knew I didn’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck like my parents have. I wanted better for myself…I threw myself into school because I saw what I could be like if I didn’t.” Katie grew up with a comfortable middle

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Ladders to opportunity: Amanda

“Ever since I turned 16, I’ve had a job. I’ve always had at least two jobs, so when I lost one, I had another to fall back on until I found another job… I’m so sick of having to work

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Educational Opportunity, Equal Pay, Higher Education, Paid Sick Days

Ladders to opportunity: Jessie

“You feel like you want to become an adult, live on your own, leave your parents, go to work, go to school, but financially, that’s really not possible.” Jessie, a young man in his early 30s, has lived in Washington

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Ladders to opportunity: Tara

“I honestly don’t know how I’ll make it, but I can see the long-term goal so it just keeps me working harder.” Tara is a preschool teacher who is also in school, working toward her Bachelor’s degree. The high cost

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity

Big business bluffing on investments in higher ed funding

At a poker table, the Washington Roundtable’s latest education report would amount to a bold bluff. Our elected representatives in Olympia should call them on it. The leaders of Washington’s biggest corporations say they want more graduates from the state’s

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Totally free public higher education?

Tuition-free postsecondary education may seem like a stretch in our current economic climate, but it is not impossible, as Jordan Weissman describes in an interesting thought experiment over at the Atlantic. More people need to go to college than ever

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Citizens need long-term investment from the state

It’s fine to expect instant gratification when downloading an app to your smartphone or streaming a movie to your computer. But we can fairly expect our elected representatives to behave differently than the average consumer, by making choices that are

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Oregon legislature considering EOI’s “Pay It Forward Debt-Free Degree Plan” – California, Vermont and New York also interested

The Economic Opportunity Institute’s innovative proposal to re-imagine college tuition financing is getting some serious attention in the state of Oregon. The proposal, dubbed Pay It Forward: The Debt-Free Degree Plan, would allow students to attend any public college or

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