Seattle Education Levy Increase (November 2011)

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A Seattle Education Levy Increase measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Seattle which is in King County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 105,656 (63.0%)Approveda
  • NO 61,939 (36.96%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current families and education levy by nearly double the current rate. The money from this levy will go towards early learning programs, supporting lower income schools, school health clinics and academic support for at-risk high schoolers.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The City of Seattle’s Proposition concerns renewing and enhancing Education-Support Services to improve academic achievement. This proposition would fund City services, including school readiness, academic achievement in elementary, middle and high school, college/career preparation, and student health and community partnerships as provided in Ordinance 123567. It authorizes regular property taxes above RCW 84.55 limits, allowing additional 2012 collection of up to $32,101,000 (approximately $0.27/$1000 assessed value) and up to $231,562,000 over seven years. In 2012, total City taxes collected would not exceed $3.60 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Should this Levy be approved?[3][4]

Background

The previous families and education levy was approved in 2004 and will expire in December 2011.[5] Statistics from the current bond show that:

  • Over 1,600 children from central, southeast and southwest Seattle have entered kindergarten prepared to succeed.
  • Over 700 homes with children at ages 2 to 3 who are isolated due to language or poverty have been visited twice weekly.
  • More than 1,500 elementary students met standards for the first time.
  • More than 2,500 middle school students met standards for the first time.
  • A 13% increase in meeting reading standards; a 21% increase in meeting math standards.
  • Those who used school based health clinics had higher GPAs and missed class less.

Support

Supporters of the measure note that the goals of this levy include preparing children to graduate college and are ready for careers after, also to continue the previous levy goals of graduating high school, being ready to start school and reduce the academic achievement gap for students. Investments in early learning include training for working families, continuing to provide pre-school for 4 year olds, support in transitioning from pre-school to kindergarten and expand parent-child home visiting programs.[6]

Investments in elementary school include extending in school learning for struggling students, out of school activities, family support for at-risk students and summer learning programs. Middle school investments include those for listen for elementary level students and include college planning and sports transportation. High school investment also continues the previous programs listed.[6]

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