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December 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Inslee: Emphasis on early learning may require changes to K-12 structure

Gov. Jay Inslee (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Gov. Jay Inslee (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Count Gov. Jay Inslee among the dozens of politicians calling for more attention to early-childhood education.

The governor spent an hour answering questions from KCTS viewers during a live broadcast of Ask the Governor on Thursday evening. Education was just one of a handful of topics Inslee addressed, but he was eager to plug early learning while responding to a follow-up question about state funding under the McCleary mandate.

He said he plans to push for an early-childhood education package during the next legislative session, even though the State Supreme Court ruling does not require it.

“We may have to make some changes in the organizational structure of the K-12 system in order to do that. If that’s what we have to do, we should do it, because we are losing these kids by age 6,” Inslee said.

The primary question with early-childhood education, of course, is how to fund it. The governor did not offer many financial specifics for either McCleary or early ed, other than saying he would continue to seek out “corporate loopholes.”

The Seattle City Council, meanwhile, is considering its own proposal for universal preschool, alongside a similar federal plan.

To see a full replay of the Ask the Governor broadcast, check out the video below. Inslee’s comments on education start around the 29-minute mark.

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