Seattle voters will have to choose between two ballot measures that both aim to help improve education for preschoolers, but in different ways.
The city’s plan, Proposition 1B, would set up a pilot program of subsidized preschool using a property tax levy.
The competing measure, Proposition 1A, is sponsored by two unions, Service Employees International Union Local 925 and American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers’ union affiliated with AFL-CIO.
Prop. 1A calls for a quicker path to a minimum wage of $15 an hour for child care teachers and would set a city policy that states no family should have to spend more than 10 percent of the household income on child care.
One other provision that’s drawn less attention is a plan to set up a system of training in which the unions would play a bigger role.