The QAE PTSA voted this fall to officially endorse and contribute to the Schools First campaign in support of the school levy renewals that are on the Feb ballot. Continuing our levies will ensure that the basic educational needs of Seattle Public Schools' nearly 50,000 students are met.
The campaign and our students now need your help to get out the vote. Please consider endorsing, donating and signing up for a phone bank TODAY. Ballots arrive in voter mailboxes on January 23! Phone calls are one of most effective ways to remind voters to support our schools and students! Contact Kerry Cooley-Stroum for more information or to sign-up for a phone bank. You can endorse the levies and contribute at www.schoolsfirstseattle.org.
As a reminder, these levies are not new taxes, but renewals of two critically important funding sources:
OPERATIONS LEVY: Accounts for more than 25% of operating funds including day-to-day basic needs such as ELL and Special Ed programs, as well as teaching and 6th period for high schools.
CAPITAL LEVY (BEX IV): Provides essential funding to maintain and improve our existing schools, such as earthquake safety upgrades at 37 schools, wireless in every school and other technology improvements, plus renovating and expanding schools to meet Seattle Public Schools' growing student population.
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