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The cost of not funding K-12 education
March 22, 2017, 12:00 PM, Kane Hall (KNE)

Failing to adequately fund basic public education in Washington state costs us all: High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, rely on welfare and end up in the juvenile justice system, leading to incarceration, court costs and social services that burden our local economy. Join us for an illuminating panel discussion on the cost of not funding K-12 education — and learn how investing in our kids pays off for them and for Washington.

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Omari Amili
Omari Amili
After dropping out of high school and serving time in prison for bank fraud, Amili graduated with multiple degrees, including a Master of Arts from the University of Washington-Tacoma.
Janis Avery
Janis Avery
Avery is CEO of Treehouse, where she has worked since 1995 to promote educational equity for youth in foster care. She is a former social worker and an adoptive mother of two from foster care.
Nathan Gibbs-Bowling
Nathan Gibbs-Bowling
Bowling is the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year and a co-founder of Teachers United. He teaches AP Human Geography and AP Government & Politics at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, RET.
Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, RET.
Justice Bridge is the President/CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice. She has served on the State Supreme Court, King County Superior Court and as Chief Juvenile Court Judge for King County.
Claudia Rowe
Rowe joined The Seattle Times staff in 2013 to focus on solutions-oriented journalism about public education. She has covered social issues for The New York Times and other publications.
What people are saying

We need a shift in mindset in public education—as a system, our obligation to our students continues beyond the moment they cross the stage at graduation.

Nate Bowling, 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year

The further back in a child’s life you can go, the more effective intervention can be in improving a life.

Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret., President/CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice

Postsecondary education is an essential investment in the future of our state. It will devastate our quality of life if this rich resource is further reduced.

Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse

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