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DOC Ended the Book Ban, but the Media Celebrated Too Soon

by Alex Garland

After weeks of protests, the Washington Department of Corrections lifted a ban on used books that had been quietly implemented in mid-March. The ban blocked nonprofits who sent books to prisoners. The policy reversal followed an onslaught of news coverage, including a report from the Seattle Times that found that the DOC’s claims that the books were used to transport contraband were untrue.

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Inslee’s Budget a Victory for Equitable Education

by Marilyn Watkins

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 zip code of their residence. Continue reading Inslee’s Budget a Victory for Equitable Education

Dissecting the Governor’s Budget Proposal

by Marilyn Watkins

Last week, while most of us were madly preparing for the holidays, Governor Inslee proposed a Washington state budget for the next two years. Adopting a budget will be the main task of our legislature when it convenes the second week of January. Inslee’s first draft devotes new resources to education and transportation, takes small steps at modernizing our outmoded and regressive tax structure, and takes a swipe at climate change. Continue reading Dissecting the Governor’s Budget Proposal