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

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

November 7, 2017

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

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education

Refusal to re-balance taxes hinders schoolkids

It’s day 23 of a second special session in Olympia, since legislators couldn’t agree to a state budget before the end of the regular session. Now they have only 16 days left until the new two-year fiscal term. It will

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education, Progressive Tax Reform

Don’t just talk about “world class” education, enable it for all kids in Washington

The clock is winding down on a second special session in Olympia, and legislators haven’t yet made serious progress on their paramount duty to amply fund K-12 education, despite an order from the state Supreme Court to do so. Meanwhile,

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

October 20, 2016

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)

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Fully funding Washington’s education system means legislators must find their backbones

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

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Posted in Column, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

‘Listening tour’ a tone-deaf exercise

Recently the State Senate Early Learning and Education Committee brought their listening tour about K-12 education to Everett. This listening tour has come about as the Legislature has been found in contempt by our state Supreme Court of failing to

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Posted in Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

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

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

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education, Progressive Tax Reform

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

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

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Progressive Tax Reform

A tax reform plan to fund K-12, higher education and more — at less cost to nearly all of us

The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets. Neither party has a long-term plan for fully funding K-12 education, higher education, mental health, public employee contracts and teacher cost-of-living

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform

Why Washington’s elected leaders need to hear from you on tax day

April 15 – Tax Day! While people across the U.S. scramble to finish their federal tax returns by today’s deadline, Washington’s legislators are wrangling over the state’s next two-year budget. They face a partisan ideological divide that’s nearly impossible to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Funding Public Services, Progressive Tax Reform
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