I agree that “even before it hits the ballot” the mayor’s pre-K plan has significant problems, but I disagree on what they are [“Voters should thwart attempts to hijack mayor’s pre-K mandate,” Opinion, June 19].
The biggest problems with the mayor’s plan are:
First, it is not universal. It’s a pilot plan covering only 14 classrooms the first year. Seattle has about 30,000 children under 5 years old who all need safe care and effective early education.
Second, it allows only two curricula. Many of the best programs do not and will not comply — they have developed their own curricula. Parents deserve rich choices in finding the best programs for their children.
Third, it excludes teachers from workforce-development planning and decision-making in favor of city bureaucrats. Child-care providers, teachers and directors want to work in partnership with the city.
Finally, the mayor’s plan doesn’t address the ridiculous, harmful turnover in early learning. Kids benefit from a stable early learning environment. Raising wages without delay would help stabilize early learning in our city.
Kathy Yasi, Seattle