Two events on Thursday will focus on big issues for public education:
At 5:30 p.m., a Seattle City Council committee will hold a public hearing on a proposal to phase in a universal pre-K program in the city. The council is considering asking Seattle voters to pay for a voluntary pre-K program that would be available for all residents on a sliding fee scale, based on their income.
Public comment sign-up sheets will be available at 5 p.m., with each speaker allotted up to two minutes. The hearing will be held at the Jefferson Community Center gym at 3801 Beacon Ave. S.
At 7 p.m., groups led by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center are sponsoring a conversation about the landmark McCleary school funding case, in which the State Supreme Court ruled that legislators are failing their constitutional duty to fund a basic education for all the state’s children.
Panelists will include State Rep. Ross Hunter, chair of the House Appropriations committee; Shawn Lewis, a funding specialist with the state’s largest teachers union; Sharonne Navas of the Equity in Education Coalition; Frank Ordway of the League of Education Voters; and Paola Maranan of the Children’s Alliance.
The event will be held at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle. Tickets are $5.