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PHOTO: An estimated 56 percent of Washington college graduates emerge from school with an average student loan debt of $24,000. At a conference this weekend in Tacoma, higher-ed stakeholders will discuss ways to increase state support for colleges and universities. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

TACOMA, Wash. - Public colleges and universities in Washington have frozen tuition for two years, but according to the premise of the upcoming Higher Education Funding Strategies and Solutions conference, the Legislature could be doing much more to improve the quality and cost of higher education in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e ...Read More

PHOTO: Nutrition is one focus of the 21st Century Afterschool programs in Yakima. A new report says 17 percent of Washington kids are enrolled in after-school programs; parents say 36 percent would be if they had access to one. Photo courtesy NW Community Action Center.
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SEATTLE - One in five children in Washington ends the school day with no adult supervision in the hours between 3 and 6 p.m., according to a state-by-state report on after-school programs that are intended to keep kids learning and safe. In Washington, the report said, 17 percent of children are en ...Read More

PHOTO: A secure retirement in today's volatile world takes years of careful planning, which is why Michigan credit unions start the process early, working with school kids and adults on financial education topics for all stages of life. Photo credit: wax115/morguefile.com.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - It's national "Save for Retirement Week," and many Michigan credit unions are taking part in special events and hosting seminars across the state. But they also say this is something they prepare their members for every day, beginning as early as childhood. Financial educa ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on the federal budget and North Dakota finds a 68 percent increase in federal taxes paid per capita over the past five years. Photo credit: StockMonkeys.com.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The amount of federal tax dollars flowing out of North Dakota continues its dramatic rise, according to the latest analysis of local impacts of the federal budget. Becky Sweger, director of data and technology for the National Priorities Project, says her group’s State ...Read More

PHOTO: Friday, Oct. 17, is National Mammography Day. The American Cancer Society says early detection is critical in successfully treating breast cancer. Photo courtesy of American Cancer Society.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - October 17 is recognized as National Mammography Day by the American Cancer Society, and it's a day cancer survivor Jennifer Ott of Milwaukee wants women to take action. "I was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer at the age of 40, two months after my 40 birthday and while I was ...Read More

PHOTO: Shreevia Brown is one of hundreds of students taking advantage of a new effort to bring more financial and domestic-violence support services to community college students across Kentucky. Photo courtesy Michele Fiore.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Extending financial and domestic violence support services to more college students is the goal behind a new collaboration. The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is partnering with the state's community and technical colleges. The Coalition's Mary O'Doherty, Economic Emp ...Read More

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