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January 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Education: Balance duties of K-12 and early learning

The recent Seattle Times editorial “Early education’s promise needs funding” [Opinion, Jan. 12] extolled the undisputed benefits of investing in early learning. In recent years this call for investments has grown and enjoyed widespread support.

Advocating for policies that fund early learning has always been relevant to promoting school success, closing the achievement gap, et cetera.

In light of the Supreme Court’s contempt ruling leveled at the Legislature to fully fund K-12 now, the fates of many so-called discretionary spending programs are uncertain.

Early learning must be recognized as directly linked to our mandate of “ample provision.” Early education is not a “strategy” for school success; it is an integral part of the learning continuum. Washington state has been developing a thoughtful, mixed-delivery early learning system. There is nothing wrong with that approach.

The only problem is it has not, as of yet, been appropriately established in conjunction with our “paramount duty.”

Mike Sheehan, Shoreline

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