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 our students and schools rely on these critical local levies to fund building improvements, repairs and replacement schools. We need your support and your YES votes to approve this funding.

February 8, 2022 ballot:

Seattle voters, our campaign is underway to advocate approval of two levy renewals in the February 8, 2022 election. These are not new taxes! They replace expiring local education levies.

Prop. 1: 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 like Special Education and services that are not fully funded by the state. This levy also provides extracurricular student opportunities like music, band, art and athletics.

Prop. 2: 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 levy will fund computers for students, technology for classrooms, technology staff and supports. The levy will also fund repairs to aging buildings and ensure our students have safe, comfortable and healthy school buildings.

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

February 2022 Levies


Past Levy Success


Why Does SPS Need Levy Funding?



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