John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
How do you say goodbye to a friend, a father, a mother, a sibling, a son or daughter, a grandparent? This week I am facing the challenge of saying goodbye to a dear friend.
Colin Pierce, Rainier Beach High School Teacher and IB Coordinator As a follow up to our post from Marilyn Watkins this morning on education funding, we’re cross-posting a recent op-ed from The Seattle Times by a teacher at Rainier Beach High School. Enjoy.
Marilyn Watkins, EOI Policy Director
As divided as Americans seem to be about the role of government, we’re pretty united around the notion that quality public education should be accessible to all. Businesses and our economy can’t operate without an educated workforce – and educated customers. Democracy itself depends on citizens who can reason and understand the issues they vote on.
Flu season peaks this month. Public health officials tell us to stay home at the first sign of fever but millions of American workers can’t afford to take off work and far too many fear that staying home with the flu will cost them their job.
We all need paid sick days.
On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour.
Mayor Ed Murray will give his inaugural State of the City address on Tuesday. While it’s still unclear whether he’ll mention the push to raise the minimum wage, folks on the local, state, and even federal levels are already talking about it.
Lawmakers in Olympia are currently considering a proposal that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2017.
Then, on Tuesday at Molly Moon’s in Capitol Hill, Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene will join business owners in calling for a raise of the federal minimum wage as well.