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Two upcoming events:

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, Tom Ahearne, attorney for the consortium that filed the landmark McCleary school-funding case will speak at a meeting sponsored by the Seattle Council  Parent, Teacher and Student Associations, the League of Women Voters and the Seattle Education Association. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Public School headquarters, 2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle.

Along with Ahearne, the event will also feature speakers who will talk about options for new revenue for schools, and the Council will talk about how its members can advocate for more education funding.

The event is free, but seating is limited.  RSVP at:

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On Wednesday, Jan. 7, nearly 300 King County  elected officials, educators and representatives of  agencies, organizations, businesses, and parent advocacy and faith-based groups will meet to talk about how they can work together to make early learning a county-wide priority.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are co-hosting the symposium,  “King County: Building and Sustaining an Early Learning Community,” which begins at 10 a.m. at The Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.

The public may attend the free event, which include a presentation by Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

Kuhl, a world-renown expert on early childhood brain development, also spoke at the Seattle Times LiveWire event “The Case for Early Learning” in October and at the White House Summit on Early Education in December.

Other speakers include Mark Shriver of Save the Children Action Network and Roberto Rodríguez, who serves on the White House Domestic Policy Council as the Special Assistant to the President for Education.

The event is part of an effort called Early Learning Nation 2025, spurred by a resolution passed by the United States Conference of Mayors at its annual meeting last June.

King County, Seattle, Bellevue, Sound Cities Association, the Bezos Family Foundation, Kindering, The Road Map Project, SOAR & United Way of King County are among the public and private partners and supporters of the event.

Reservations are not required, but organizers would appreciate an RSVP emailed to Doors open at 9:30 a.m.