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October 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Seattle preschool measures: Prop. 1A overstates coverage

The excellent article “Ballot proposals offer 2 plans for improving pre-K in Seattle” [Local News, Oct. 9] provided a good analysis of early learning ballot measures Propositions 1A and 1B. But I take exception to the article when it states that Proposition 1A “would cover children from infancy through age 5.”

It certainly won’t cover any of the children sitting at home while on Head Start waiting lists, nor children whose families can’t afford preschool. And it only “covers” children in child-care programs by requiring that all their teachers attend a new untested and uncredentialed Professional Development Institute, operated by two unions with no relevant experience. The teachers would earn a work certificate not valid outside of Seattle.

Are any of Seattle’s children really “covered” by Proposition 1A?

John Bancroft, Seattle

Comments | More in Education | Topics: Head Start, John Bancroft, pre-K

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