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Do We Value Pets More than Educating Young Children?

Early Learning Educational Opportunity

Sarah Clark | July 16, 2018

The high cost of child care is a major stumbling block for parents of young children. In the greater Seattle area, it costs $17,472 annually for infant care and $15,288 for toddlers, which is more that undergraduate in-state tuition at the University of Washington. Even in less expensive markets, such as Yaki

Visioning Tuition-Free College

Educational Opportunity Higher Education

Economic Opportunity Institute | May 31, 2018

Seattle Colleges can be tuition-free! Let’s create a vision together about how that should happen! The mayor has announced that she plans to fund tuition-free community college for graduates of Seattle Public Schools. We want to hear what students have to say concerning what the Seattle Promise program should

After Busing Ended, Seattle’s Racial Achievement Gaps Worsened

Educational Opportunity K-12 Education

Melanie Mazza | March 30, 2018

Traveling from Rainier Beach to Ballard through the Central District and Queen Anne feels more like passing through four cities rather than through four pockets of the same one. Each neighborhood contributes to what we call Seattle, but there are stark, invisible lines demarcating one place from another. Seat

‘A Christmas Carol’: Sending the Poor to Prison

A Fair Deal at Work An Inclusive Economy Educational Opportunity

Matthew Caruchet | December 22, 2017

When he was 12 years old in 1824, Charles Dickens worked 10-hour days in a rat-infested shoe-polish factory for six shillings a week. That’s the equivalent of £30.68 or $41.06 in 2017 currency. It was all the money he had to get by. His father, mother, and five siblings aged 2-11 were in prison because the fa

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

Early Learning Educational Opportunity Higher Education K-12 Education

Issue Brief | John Burbank | 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 account of race, color, caste, or sex.” [1] In 2014, the State Supr

Underfunding college shifts burden, debt to students

Column Educational Opportunity Higher Education

| John Burbank | September 20, 2017 | Everett Herald

Underfunding college shifts burden, debt to students

An Inclusive Economy Educational Opportunity Higher Education

John Burbank | September 20, 2017

Monday night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities in the country. President Donald Trump had only asked for $54 billion. Politicians from both parties derided Sen. Bernie Sanders for pl

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

Higher Education State of Working Washington

| September 15, 2017

State budget cuts have driven up the price of college — even as total costs have declined. During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $3,621 at University of Washington (UW) or Washington State University (WSU). That covered about 16% of the $22,100 total yearly cost per stud

A good education shouldn’t be a matter of wealth

Column Educational Opportunity K-12 Education

| John Burbank | September 6, 2017 | Everett Herald

Instead of Funding Boeing Layoffs, Let’s Fund Higher Education

An Inclusive Economy Educational Opportunity Higher Education Progressive Tax Reform

John Burbank | August 24, 2017

Our state leaders have said they understand the importance of higher education for Washington’s citizens, yet disinvest in public education at the same time. When the state decreases funding for schools, tuition rises, making higher education increasingly out of reach for many, unless they take out gargantuan

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