Remember to Vote by November 2nd!

The upcoming election has an important issue affecting our Seattle schools that you should be aware of.

The Seattle School Board voted unanimously at its July 7 meeting to place a three year, $48.2 million operations levy before Seattle voters on the Nov. 2, 2010, general election ballot. These levy funds are specifically targeted to:

—Reduce the number and severity of cuts ($25.5M) that will have to be made to instructional programs and services over the next several years. The state has made dramatic cuts to K-12 funding over the past two years – approximately $32 M over the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school year; and a funding gap of approximately $28 M is estimated for 2011-2012.

—Support our students, teachers and classrooms ($16.8 of $19 M)* – additional collaboration time for teachers ($4.6 M); career ladder stipends for teachers ($5.1 M) and a 1% pay increase for teachers in year 2 and an additional 1% in year 3 of the new teacher’s contract ($5.4 M); also $2.4 M to implement the new teacher evaluation system.

—New textbooks and classroom materials for elementary music, middle school language arts, and high school science and social studies – ($5.9 M) – these materials will be in schools for fall 2011.

To read the fact sheet about the levy, please click here.

Please remember to get your ballot in before November 2!


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