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“Seattle voters have said yes to renewing both school levies. Schools First wants to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and coalition partners for renewing our commitment to our kids and our schools. This tremendous victory came in the midst of some historic weather and associated challenges.  Great cities have great schools, and Seattle has once again demonstrated that its citizens want our children to have access to modern schools and a world-class education.”

Melissa Pailthorp – Schools First President

Prop. 1: The expiring three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy

Prop. 2: The expiring six-year Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V)

The levies fill the gap between what the state funds and what our schools need to operate every day. The operations levy pays for day-to-day operations, including:

  • Staff, including teachers, nurses, counselors
  • Services, such as special education, bilingual services
  • Academics, such as textbooks, technology and classroom supplies

The capital levy funds construction of school remodels, repairs and maintenance, helping Seattle Public Schools with:

  • Safety and security measures in schools
  • Building new schools, adding capacity and classrooms to existing schools
  • Maintaining aging school buildings.
  • School and classroom technology

For a full list of what’s funded, including a project list by school, visit

This is challenging time for school funding elections. Support for school levies and bonds dropped considerably in our neighboring districts in February 2018 because of confusion over state funding and the threat of higher state property taxes.

The state has NOT fully funded K-12 education in Washington State. Local levy dollars are critical to ensuring success for our students and schools.

Want to help now? We are always looking for volunteers and donations, see “How you can help” and “contribute” pages.