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October 20, 2014 at 7:05 AM

A strange decision by the League of Women Voters to oppose Proposition 1B

As a longtime member of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWVS-KC) active in education issues, I was deeply disappointed by the LWVS-KC Board’s decision to oppose the city’s quality preschool program — Proposition 1B [“The Times recommends to vote for Proposition 1B to bolster quality preschool in Seattle,” Opinion, Oct. 8].

This decision contradicts the Seattle Education Committee’s unanimous decision to support 1B. The committee has spent a year studying early learning for the League of Women Voters. In addition, the LWVS-KC has strong positions supporting the use of public funds for early childhood programs. Specifically, the positions states, “The elements most critical in improving a quality early childhood program are: an adequate, stable, dependable funding, education of the public regarding the social and economic benefits of early learning, family involvement, and community and corporate support for doing this.“

1B has all of these: It is funded; it was created with significant outreach to all stakeholders from parents to providers to service organizations; and it has been endorsed by civic organizations, unions, child-care providers, social organizations, political organizations — more than 37 and counting.

The rationale the board used to support its decision is not up to the usual LWVS-KC standard of accurate information and analysis of its positions. I hope the board will reconsider its position.

Lucy Gaskill Gaddis, former board member and chair of the Education Committee, Seattle

Comments | More in Education | Topics: Education Committee, King County, League of Women Voters

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