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May 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Hot topics on Thursday’s agenda: pre-K education, school funding

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.

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