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Set up to fail: The cost of not funding K-12 education

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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    The Seattle Times LiveWire is an event series that features meaningful discussions about vital issues impacting our region and its people. The events bring together local and national experts for provocative conversations on key topics moderated by a Seattle Times journalist.
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