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!