Exposing the equity gap in
WA education in Education 101

Exposing the equity gap in
WA education in Education 101

Overview

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In this class we were tasked with creating infographics around the topic of local politics. Since my sister was getting ready for her first year in public school, I chose to focus on K-12 education in Washington. My vision for this microsite was to help parents and interested individuals grasp the long and ongoing history of this issue whilst painting a realistic picture about the work that needs to be done.

Context

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8 Weeks

Information Design Course

University of Washington

What I did

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Research

Information Design

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The state of education in Washington

Education was the number one issue for Washington voters in 2017. Having been embroiled in a legal and financial battle for the last 11 years, Washington has struggled to provide enough state funding for its schools. Because schools are forced to turn to local funding, poorer districts have a harder time raising money than their wealthy counterparts, creating a severe and cyclic equity gap.

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“It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.”

“It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.”

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Making primary serious

Though centered around children’s education, I wanted to avoid making it “cute” since kids not getting the education they need is a serious topic, especially for their parents and my main audience.

The most challenging yet simplest part was crafting a story made up of text, infographics, photos, and quotes that one could follow and digest information from a social, economic, and political perspective.

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