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    How Districts Are Funded and Upcoming Levies
    Posted on 12/05/2018
    Graphic that displays elements of district funding: state dollars, federal dollars, grant funding, local voter-approved levies.

    How Districts Are Funded and Upcoming Levies

    There have been recent changes in how schools are funded in Washington state. While new state funding addresses some critical longtime funding needs, not all state dollars collected from Seattle homeowners will stay in our district.

    For Seattle Public Schools, the new funding formula has created a gap between what the state funds and what our students need to succeed. Voter-approved levies help bridge that funding gap.

    In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to renew their commitment to our students and consider replacing two critical levies – one that funds day-to-day operations including educator and staff salaries, special education, and textbooks and instructional materials; and one that funds the maintenance and renovation of our aging schools and new construction (BEXV).

    Watch this video to get a better understanding of how school funding works at Seattle Public Schools and the steps we are taking to bridge the funding gap.

    And, in case you missed it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has published an op-ed in The Seattle Times about the importance of our levies.

    Learn more information on our levy renewals visit our school levies webpage.

    Learn more about our budget and why we rely on voter-approved school levies visit our budget webpage.

    Recent Levies Updates