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August 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Universal pre-K: After-school programs important as well

Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Dorse, education, pre-K

June 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Universal pre-K: Why should everyone else pay for your children?

This letter may not be popular with many parents, but part of the population will nod in agreement.  Why do so many parents now believe that the general public should be responsible for their child care? ["Voters should thwart attempts to hijack mayor’s pre-K mandate," Opinion, June 19]. Why are the supporters of Initiative 107 pushing…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: child care, Ed Fannin, education

May 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Education: Universal pre-kindergarten proposal lacks organization

The editorial calling for the city’s proposed pre-kindergarten program, at an unknown future cost but starting out at $58 million over four years, needs to be soundly rebuked for a number of reasons ["Explore what works — preschool for all," Opinion, May 24]. First, while The Times cites a Rutgers University study of the Abbott, N.J., program and…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, pre-K, school board

May 31, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Funding for early learning

Build federal-state partnership The Times rightly backs increased investments in preschool [“Editorial: Preschool trickles up,” Opinion, May 19]. But Washington doesn’t have to go it alone. It’s about fairness. Just 48 percent of low-income children enter kindergarten school-ready, compared to three-fourths of higher-income kids. Quality pre-K levels the playing field, especially for poor kids. And it…


Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, pre-K, preschool

May 31, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Dropout rate in high schools

Invest more in early-childhood education I could not agree more with The Seattle Times’ opinion that we must do more to reduce the dropout rate in our state [“Editorial: Lower the dropout rate,” Opinion, May 27]. In addition to the “moral and financial” costs of dropouts, there is a high criminal-justice cost. Our jails and prisons…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: children, dropout, early learning