Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan will lead the discussion, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. Seattle Speaks is presented by Seattle Channel, Town Hall Seattle and Seattle CityClub.
Joining the conversation to discuss the impacts of high-quality early learning will be Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess representing the city-endorsed pre-K proposal (Proposition 1B) and Heather Weiner speaking in favor of the union-backed I-107 (Proposition 1A).
Admission to Seattle Speaks is free but advance registration is required. Register at www.seattlecityclub.org or call (206) 682-7395. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and the live televised program at 7 p.m.
The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel cable 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and online at seattlechannel.org. Join the conversation in person or online, where you can take part in polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail. Take the pre-show poll online now: www.seattlechannel.org/seattlespeaks.
SEATTLE voters will choose between two competing preschool-related measures on the November ballot: a city-backed, four-year, $58 million property-tax levy to fund a pilot, high-quality pre-kindergarten program or a union-backed proposal seeking better pay and training for child-care workers.
The next episode of Seattle Speaks will feature a conversation with political leaders and a live audience to consider the future of publicly funded early childhood education.
Should Seattle become one of the few cities in the nation to offer universal high-quality preschool? Or should voters support union-backed Initiative 107, which if approved would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for child-care workers and create a training program for early childhood educators?
Union members say their proposal would reach more kids. Critics contend the union plan is an unfunded mandate and argue both measures may take away from limited public resources already spread thin across the education system.
Seattle Speaks is an Emmy-award winning program with a real-time, multimedia format featuring audience polling meters, online polling, social media, e-mail and video segments. Previous programs have addressed minimum wage, same-sex marriage, marijuana policy, neighborhood growth, the future of Seattle’s waterfront, youth violence and the state of Seattle Public Schools