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    Planning for the 2019 Levies Election

    Updated Oct. 6, 2018

    In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — an operations levy and a capital levy.

    Renewal of the Operations Levy (Educational Programs & Operations Levy):

    • Funds critical day-to-day school operations, such as additional school staff beyond what the state allocates.
    • Helps pay for instructional materials and textbooks.
    • Bridges the funding gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need
    • Provides funds for Special Education to ensure our 7,000 students who need special education services have necessary supports.
    • Helps close the opportunity gaps by continuing to provide programs to support our most vulnerable students.

    Renewal of the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy:

    • Improves safety and security at every school in the district.
    • Reduces the number of portable classrooms.
    • Adds schools and classrooms to the district.
    • Improves technology infrastructure for schools.
    • Provides access to classroom technology.

    Why does the district have to ask voters to consider education levies?

    There is currently a gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need. So every three years, the district asks voters to renew the operations levy. The levy funds critical needs of the district and maintains the quality of education that our students and families expect. This levy helps make up the gap to fund critical needs.

    For example, the state provides funding for just nine school nurses (for all 53,000 students), but the district employs 63. The state funds 115 school counselors, but the district employs 125. The state funds 236 custodians, but the district employs 312.

    Washington state only partially funds construction of new schools, school additions, and major maintenance and repairs. It’s up to the local community to fund these projects through voter-approved levies. Seattle Public Schools has historically had strong support from our community to ensure our students have enough classroom space to learn.

    Levies Updates

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    Contact Us

    Operations Levy: budget
    @seattleschools.org

    BEX V: capitallevy2019
    @seattleschools.org

    Mailing Address:
    Levies 2019
    Seattle Public Schools
    M.S. 22-336
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165

    Resources

    Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BEX website

    Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BTA website