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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

Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Column, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Progressive Tax Reform

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

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

[via The Olympian] A petition is circulating for a new ordinance that would tax Olympia’s wealthiest households to generate college tuition money for all local high school graduates. Backed by a volunteer group called Opportunity for Olympia, the proposal calls

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

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

January 27, 2016

Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

January 27, 2016

These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

The cost of higher education in WA hasn’t increased much, but the price has gone up — here’s why

Adjusted for inflation, the total cost of higher education hasn’t changed much since the mid-1990’s. But the state’s share of that cost has dropped like a stone. Tuition and fees have increased to make up for state funding cuts — putting

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

How Washington is pricing thousands of high school graduates out of college

Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will funding for state financial aid. And even adjusted for inflation, the cost of tuition

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

Who should pay for higher education in Massachusetts?

In 2013, UMass agreed with the Massachusetts state legislature to freeze tuition so long as the state provided adequate higher education funding. Just two years later, the state hasn’t held up its end of the deal and UMass has had

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Posted in Educational Opportunity, Higher Education
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