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October 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Proposition 1A: A ‘bait and switch’ by its backers

The backers of Proposition 1A cannot see the contradictions in their own advertising [“Seattle Prop 1B’s design get city’s youngest citizens off to best start,” Opinion, Oct. 20]. The top of a recent flyer reads: “Research shows retaining experienced teachers is critical to early childhood brain development.” Below is this sentence: “But Proposition 1B takes the wrong approach by requiring specialized bachelor’s degrees and driving out even more experienced early learning teachers in Seattle who don’t have the time or money to obtain them.”

A classic bait and switch. Proposition 1A backers claim to care about early childhood education, but then disparage the very training (specialized Bachelor’s degrees) that would empower teachers to succeed in this critical educational task. Proposition 1A is obviously not about education. It is about salaries for people who, according to this flyer, may not be qualified to teach early education classes because they do not have a professional degree in the field. This is hypocrisy of the highest order.

If the backers of Proposition 1A want to advocate for higher wages for early education workers, then do so honestly. But don’t cloak this intent in the guise of advocating for higher wages for people who may not in fact be qualified educators.

Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

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