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Ballots are due Tuesday, February 9th!

If you want to save a stamp you can drop off your ballot at your nearest ballot dropbox:

Ballard Branch Library
Corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Open 24 hours a day until 8 PM on Tuesday, February 9th

King County Administration Building
500 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Open 24 hours a day until 8 PM on Tuesday, February 9th

Magnuson Park
6344 NE 74th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
Open Sat Feb 6th 10 AM to 5 PM, Mon Feb 8th 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday Feb 9th 10 AM to 8 PM

Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98118
Open Sat Feb 6th 10 AM to 5 PM, Mon Feb 8th 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday Feb 9th 10 AM to 8 PM

University of Washington Campus
Red Square (no parking or vehicle access)
Seattle, WA 98105
Open Sat Feb 6th 10 AM to 5 PM, Mon Feb 8th 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday Feb 9th 10 AM to 8 PM

West Seattle Stadium
4432 35th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126
Open Sat Feb 6th 10 AM to 5 PM, Mon Feb 8th 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday Feb 9th 10 AM to 8 PM

White Center at Greenbridge Library
9720 8th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Open Sat Feb 6th 10 AM to 5 PM, Mon Feb 8th 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday Feb 9th 10 AM to 8 PM


In February 2016, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two critical levies that support Seattle’s public schools.

The Operations levy provides a quarter of the funds needed to operate the Seattle Public Schools, including critical teaching and instructional programs. The Capital levy (BTA IV) will provide much needed funding to expand school capacity and support classroom technology, academics and athletics.


Join us for sign-waving on the Monday before election day! We will be at the corner of Westlake and Mercer St at 7 AM on the morning of Monday, February 8th. We would love to have you join us!

And we’ll be watching the results come in at our campaign office on the evening of Tuesday February 9th. Feel free to join us!

McKinstry Innovation Center at 210 S Hudson St, third floor.
Results should be posted around 8:15 PM, so we’ll be gathering around 7:30.

With your help, Seattle students and families will have a lot to celebrate on next Tuesday. Now let’s get out the vote and win this one for the kids!


 

Meeting the Growing Demand for Public Education in Seattle

Enrollment increases in Seattle Public Schools are expected to continue. Vibrant and popular public schools are part of what makes Seattle a great place to live, but we need to provide the funds to build the quality, permanent classrooms our students need and deserve. BTA IV will expand school science laboratories and add 2,050 new classroom seats to help to meet the capacity gap so that every child can go to safe, modern classroom in a great school. BTA IV delivers a total of $475 million to students with improved building, academics, athletics and technology – a list of projects can be seen here.

Making Our Schools Safer for Our Kids

Many of our school buildings are decades old and do not meet modern safety standards. BTA IV will provide more than $12 million dollars to modify existing buildings to make them earthquake-safe for our students and teachers.

Building on a Track Record of Success

The expiring BTA III levy has been a success. This well-managed effort has resulted with the vast majority of projects completed under budget and on time. BTA III repaired and upgraded roofs, life safety, technology and mechanical systems; invested in classroom computers and science facilities that help students receive a 21st century education; and improve energy efficiency to save taxpayers’ money on utility bills.

Renews our Commitment to Help Every Child Succeed

Our Operations Levy provides 25% of Seattle Public Schools operating budget. Without these funds – $758.3 million over three years – our schools’ budgets would be devastated. This levy will provide funding for basic day-to-day operations, teachers and instructional assistants, textbooks and classroom supplies, bilingual and special education services, bus transportation, student activities such as athletics, arts, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, professional development and training.