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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

No one is profiting from the high cost of child care

Affordable child care is becoming increasingly unobtainable for Washington families. As the need for child care continues to grow, investment in public programs is dropping and providers are leaving the workforce. A study from New America shows that it costs

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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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Want quality early learning? Pay teachers

You may remember the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit from the mid-70’s that started, “Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” There’s probably less chance to become a cowboy these days — but if you change the line

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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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‘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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Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

January 27, 2015

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

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Two lessons for Washington’s legislators from the 2014 election

Reading what voters really want from election results is a tricky business. But now that the 2014 election contests are pretty much decided, here are some lessons for Washington’s legislators to consider for their 2015 session: First: Paid sick days

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

Pre-K on the Range, part 5: Why can’t the rest of the country catch up to Oklahoma in early learning?

The case for universal pre-K ought to be closed. In Oklahoma, it is. Even as enthusiasm for the Tea Party has swept the state, the program has gained in popularity. Oklahomans on both sides of the aisle take pride in

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