Every vote counts for this year’s Seattle School District levies. Two Seattle School District levies are up for renewal. Please note that these levies do not represent new taxes, but rather renew two critically important funding sources for our children’s education.
Proposition 1: The Operations Levy provides nearly a third of the funds needed to operate Seattle Public Schools (27 percent). It backfills for what the state isn’t covering — including paying for the sixth period in middle and high school; instructional materials and basic supplies; instructional assistants; bilingual and special education services; bus transportation; student activities such as athletics, arts, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities; and professional development and training for staff. These funds are important to maintain the current operating resources dedicated to our children at Lawton.
Proposition 2: The Capital Levy (BEX IV) will maintain and improve our aging schools, provide earthquake safety upgrades at 37 schools, and build and renovate schools in growing communities. If passed, Lawton will benefit with new equipment for our library.
At our last general meeting, the Lawton Elementary PTA membership voted to SUPPORT both levies. Our Lawton principal, staff and faculty support these levies. The Seattle Council PTSA voted to support the levies. Finally, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution to support both levies. Now it’s your turn!
Ballots must be postmarked by this Tuesday, February 12 so be sure to mail in your ballot today!
If you would like to get involved with the PTA’s Advocacy programs, please contact Ramona Hattendorf, our Washington State PTA Government Regulations Coordinator and Lawton mom! To learn more, follow Grassroots Connection for legislative news from the Washington State PTA, and subscribe to the Action E-list. Armchair advocacy was never easier! (Our No.1 priority: Following through on basic education delivery and funding promised in 2009 and 2010).