The competing preschool measures, Prop 1A (a child care worker measure for higher pay and standardized training) and Prop 1B (a city-backed measure to fund preschool slots for kids) are both up on TV. On this year's ballot, the two measures are pitted against one another in an either or vote. (There is an option to reject both by first choosing "No" when asked if either should pass, but next, voters are asked which they prefer.)
Here's the Prop 1A ad, funded by big donations from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU 925 is a main sponsor of the measure) and another union, the American Federation of Teachers. They've raised more than $1 million.
And here's the ad for Prop 1B, which is backed by Mayor Ed Murray and the city council and is funded by big names, including donors from the education reform movement such as Matt Griffin and Connie Ballmer. Prop. 1B has raised about $210,000.
A big difference between the two measures, beyond the angles—increasing pay for teachers ("Only Prop. 1A ensures high-quality care for kids by improving wages and training for teachers," the Prop 1A ad says) vs. funding preschool slots for kids ("1B is the only measure that makes quality preschool a reality," the Prop 1B ad says)—is that the city measure is funded. Costing the average property owner about $44 a year, it's a four-year, $58 million property tax levy to fund a pilot program subsidizing preschool for up to 2,000 3- and 4-year-olds.
Prop 1B has a second ad starring former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice that uses the same script.
The pro-1B script also includes the claim that the unfunded union measure "could cost the city up to $100 million" forcing the city to cut social services.
The Prop. 1A campaign disputes that claim. Cola reporter Casey Jaywork tried to get to get to the bottom of the disagreement.