February 8, 2022: Renewing two critical Seattle Public Schools levies

Now, more than ever, we need to ensure our students have the social and emotional supports, academic programs, staff, technology, and healthy buildings they need to succeed both in and outside the classroom.

Renewing these two levies in the February 8, 2022, election will continue support that directly impacts our students and schools every day. This funding makes up about 15 percent of the district’s day-to-day operations budget, and also pays for technology and building repairs that are not funded by the state.

If these levies are not renewed, the district would need to make deep cuts to staffing levels, programs and supports for our students.

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.

We need your support! Please join Schools First and help us pass these critical levy renewals.