universal preschool program

Early Childhood Education
5:55 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Court Ruling Sets Up Fight Between Two Seattle Early Learning Plans

Seth Wenig AP Photo

An appeals court has affirmed that a pair of early education ballot measures will appear on the ballot not as two yes-or-no votes, but as a multiple-choice question.

The ruling upholds an earlier decision, which established that Seattle voters who support expanding preschool can’t vote “yes” on both the measures before them in November. Instead, they’ll have to pick which one they like best.

It’s a victory for the city, which has proposed a small preschool program as a step toward universal pre-K. That plan will now go head-to-head with a union-backed measure to create a training institute for educators and hike their pay.

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Transit Cuts
4:31 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Seattle Mayor Taps Brakes On Transit Funding, Prepares His Own Plan

Mayor Ed Murray said the first round of planned bus service cuts would likely go through even if voters pass a new funding measure.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is urging voters and elected officials not to get behind a local property tax hike to fund mass transit. Instead, the mayor plans to introduce his own proposal next week.

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Early Education
4:21 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Seattle Considers Proposed Universal Preschool Program

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Cliff Owen Associated Press

Seattle schoolchildren returned to school Wednesday, but some of the city’s kindergarteners have already fallen behind.

At least that’s how Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess sees things, which is why he’s proposing a universal preschool program for the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.

"We know what works in helping kids to be prepared, to learn, and to thrive starting in kindergarten, and it means investing early," Burgess said.

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