Oct 29, 2014 Goldy commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
@77 et al,

Blah, blah, blah. Please continue with the personal attacks. It just highlights how little substance there is to back up your 1B critique... and, well, it also makes you look more than a little bit crazy.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go back to the work that Nick actually pays me to do instead of the work that you uncharitably imagine he pays me to do.
Oct 29, 2014 Goldy commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
@72 To be clear, 1B does not mandate a single curriculum. It will approve multiple curricula, probably three at first, from which providers may choose. There is nothing to prevent, for example, say, a Montessori curriculum from being approved, assuming it produces results.

As for who gets in? Children from families earning less than 300 percent of the federal poverty line. Where will they be? Presumably scattered throughout the city as preschools are now.

I simply don't understand the argument that we shouldn't put something before voters until every last detail determined. This is a pilot program. Surely, some procedures and policies will be changed over the four years as we learn from experience. You gotta start somewhere, and you can't start anything without a dedicated revenue stream.
Oct 28, 2014 Goldy commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
Melissa @21 and @29,

I hate to be on the opposite side of an education issue from you. You know I do. But your concerns about 1B are totally overblown, and the Sandeep Kaushik conspiracy angle is just silly. Hell, I had as much of a role in starting PubliCola as Sandeep did, and I certainly never had any influence on their editorial direction. And I've been on the opposite side of Sandeep on numerous campaigns (DelBene v. Burner, Murray v. McGinn, Taxi & TNC ordinance, etc), sometimes quite bitterly. So no, there is no pattern.

And the implication that I've somehow been bought by Hanauer is insulting. I have publicly made fun of him for his charter schools support, and I've been advocating for public preschool for years. In fact, my main comeback to the corporate ed reform agenda is that charter schools is an experiment whereas high-quality universal preschool is the one ed reform everybody agrees works. My support of 1B is 100 percent consistent with my extensive public record on the issue. And yeah, it's a little annoying that after a decade of sacrificing my peak earning years to unpaid/low-paid public advocacy, 1B opponents are so quick to question my integrity.

And finally, let's be clear, the curriculum has not been set. Prop 1B is about creating a dedicated revenue stream for ramping up a universal preschool program. The fight over the curriculum comes later. Gotta start somewhere. But nothing happens without the money.

Your recommendation to vote No on Prop 1 is a recommendation to send a message that Seattle voters are not willing to tax themselves to pay for universal preschool.
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Oct 28, 2014 Goldy commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
@30 I was wrong. Eli informs me that I did not actually send him a headline. I composed the post in Wordpress so that I could send him fully formatted HTML, so of course when I copied and pasted that into an email it did not include the headline. My bad. So Eli constructed a headline based on his reading of my post.
Oct 28, 2014 Goldy commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
@22 Again, I did not write the headline. The headline I turned in was "There Is Only One Preschool Measure on Seattle’s Ballot: Proposition 1B"
Oct 28, 2014 Goldy commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
@8 It is no secret that I work for Nick Hanauer. As I announced on HA:

I am writing this post from my new office on the 28th floor of the Russell Investments Center in downtown Seattle, where I have just started my first day of steady part-time work for America’s premier self-loathing plutocrat, Nick Hanauer. I have been hired to put my research, analysis, and writing skills to work advancing a broad range of public policy issues—obviously, income inequality and gun violence prevention, for example—but notably not education reform, because Nick is totally deluded about charter schools, so it’s not even worth the two of us having that conversation.


In fact, I went to Hanauer, unsolicited, and and vouched for 1B. My advocacy for a universal preschool program based largely on the guidelines developed by the state Early Learning Technical Workgroup (which is what guided 1B) goes back years. Totally on the record.

@9 I'm not union bashing. (And I didn't write the headline.) As is sometimes the case—like on the arena—labor is split on this issue, and in those cases I'm with some unions and opposed to others. More surprising is that I'm on the opposite side of an education issue from Melissa Westbrook; not sure that's ever happened before.

Honestly, had both 1A and 1B been on the ballot as separate measures—as they should have been—I likely would have voted for both. But our choice is between one or the other. And 1B is the one that creates universal preschool.
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Oct 25, 2014 Goldy commented on I Got a Job at the Seattle Times, Which Means I'm Leaving The Stranger.
Welcome to life after Stranger, Bethany. And don't let Frank Blethen anywhere near your dog.
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@5 Careful, Fnarf. You wouldn't want to get fired from the comment threads!
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But then again, I guess the biggest historical inaccuracy is the Bible itself.