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May 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Early learning veto

We have to start somewhere

Last week, Gov. Chris Gregoire made a line-item veto that removed early learning from House Bill 2261. While the bill was signed into law and broadened the definition of basic education, early learning was left out [“Smart leadership on early learning,” Opinion, editorial, May 24]. As someone who is passionate about early learning, this news was surprising.

The governor noted that she chose to veto this section of the bill because it only expanded the definition of basic education for at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. In signing the bill, the governor reaffirmed her commitment to early learning but “wanted quality early learning programs available to all children.” This is an excellent point.

If Washington is interested in a vibrant future, we must invest in early learning for all children; however, we need to start somewhere. By prioritizing the children in our state who are at the greatest risk of not succeeding in school, we are developing a system that will eventually support the early learning needs of all children.

I strongly urge community members who want a brighter future for children to contact their elected representatives and request that we start investing in the foundation of this future: early learning.

— Vijay Vashee, board chair, Foundation for Early Learning, Seattle

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