Welcome to Schools First.

We are parents, community members and students who work together to inform and advocate for levy funding to support Seattle Public Schools.

Every three years, SPS asks the community to consider renewing levies that fund staff, technology, programs and build or repair school buildings.

K-12 school districts are not fully funded by the state, so districts rely on levies for operations and staffing. In addition, the state does not fund construction costs. So SPS relies on local levies to fund building improvements, repairs and replacement schools.

Next measure :

February 2022. We anticipate that the Seattle School Board will place two replacement levies on the ballot in February 2022 — a capital levy and the EP&O.

Planning is underway for the Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics V Capital Levy (BTA V). This six-year levy would replace the expiring Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV Capital Levy (BTA IV), which was approved by Seattle voters in 2016.

The three-year Educational Programs and Operations levy (EP&O) would replace the expiring EP&O, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2019. This levy funds additional staffing positions, critical programs and services that are not fully funded by the state.

To learn more about the levy process visit https://www.seattleschools.org/district/levy

February 2022 Levies


Past Levy Success


Why Does SPS Need Levy Funding?



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