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State Supreme Court shares in blame for lack of school funding

It didn’t take long before the Legislature stopped its crowing about how it funded K-12 education and admitted that it was far from the mandates of the State Supreme Court for basic education. How is that? It starts with Stephanie

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WA’s Two-Year Colleges Juggle More Students, Less Money

OLYMPIA, Wash. – April is Community and Technical College Month, but two-year colleges in Washington have been too busy to commemorate it. The system serves 60 percent of all public college students in the state, with 470,000 people enrolled. The

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Seattle closing doors of opportunity by charging tuition for kindergarten

A good education is the key to a shot at the American Dream. So it’s puzzling to see the Seattle School Board pulling the rug out from under hundreds of school-kids by raising tuition for full-day kindergarten by 15% (to

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Beyond the Weekend: New data reveals how unions benefit communities, consumers, employers, and employees

You’ve probably seen that bumper sticker that says, “The Labor Movement: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend.” While the sentiment rings true – and not just about the weekend, let’s be clear –  it also evokes a kind of

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Posted in Education, Health Care

Turns out that public schools are good for people without kids, too

From Miller-McCune: Few things ignite a community quite like this question: if you don’t have children in the local public schools, should you have to help pay for those schools? Tax exemptions for specific demographic groups like senior citizens, for example,

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Stan Sorscher: Harvest America or Invest in America?

Many American voters seem ready to run our country as if it were a business. Some businesses take a long-range growth perspective, and honor all their stakeholders. A country run that way would be OK. However, other businesses believe their

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Why thank you, we’re flattered to be on the Mackinac Center’s lil’ hit list

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt The Mackinac Center for Public Policy – a corporate-backed think tank based in Michigan that calls climate studies a “pseudoscience”, opposes the minimum wage,

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Posted in Early Learning, Education, EOI, Paid Sick Days

Benefits of collective bargaining extend beyond bargainers to entire communities

According to a recent report from Policy Matters Ohio, while compensation and job security often grab all the attention, public sector unions also negotiate for provisions that directly benefit the communities they serve. For example: Firefighters and police agreements outline

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