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    Two replacement levies to be on the Feb. 12, 2019 election ballot

    Updated Nov. 28, 2018

    In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to replace two expiring levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — an operations levy and a capital levy.

    Operations Levy Replacement (Educational Programs & Operations Levy):

    • Funds critical day-to-day school operations, such as additional school staff beyond what the state allocates.
    • Helps pay for instructional materials and textbooks.
    • Bridges the funding gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need
    • Provides funds for Special Education to ensure our 7,000 students who need special education services have necessary supports.
    • Helps close the opportunity gaps by continuing to provide programs to support our most vulnerable students.

    Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy Replacement:

    • Improves safety and security at every school in the district.
    • Reduces the number of portable classrooms.
    • Adds schools and classrooms to the district.
    • Improves technology infrastructure for schools.
    • Provides access to classroom technology.

    View the education levies list of projects by school

    Why does the district have to ask voters to consider education levies?

    There is currently a gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need. So every three years, the district asks voters to renew the operations levy. The levy funds critical needs of the district and maintains the quality of education that our students and families expect. This levy helps make up the gap to fund critical needs.

    Washington state only partially funds construction of new schools, school additions, and major maintenance and repairs. It’s up to the local community to fund these projects through voter-approved levies. Seattle Public Schools has historically had strong support from our community to ensure our students have enough classroom space to learn.

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    Operations Levy: budget

    BEX V: capitallevy2019

    Mailing Address:
    Levies 2019
    Seattle Public Schools
    M.S. 22-336
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165


    • Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy Projects
      BEX website
    • Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy Projects
      BTA website