Prop. 1 Pays for Staff Not Fully Funded by State Dollars
Our local education levy is up for renewal on November 2. The levy funds equitable education opportunities for all students. If renewed by Highline voters, these local dollars will pay for ongoing expenses over the next four years—for staff and student support not fully funded by the state.
The levy renewal (Prop. 1) represents 13 percent of our district budget. Levy failure will mean significant reductions in staff, programs, and services for students.
This is not a new tax and not an increase to the current tax rate. We are grateful for federal COVID relief dollars, but these are one-time funds that can only be spent on pandemic-related costs.
The levy covers ongoing costs not fully funded by the state, like:
- Support and training for teachers and instructional assistants
- Counselors and social workers to support students’ social-emotional needs
- Advanced course offerings to give all students equitable opportunities
- School nurses--the state funds just three nurses for our 35 schools. The levy funds 16.
Levy Toolkit Helps You Communicate
Staff in our schools, like many of you, are the most trusted source of information to our community. It is part of everyone’s job to provide accurate information. Check out the levy toolkit we are building to help staff communicate about the levy, and learn the dos and don’ts.
Coming soon: a slidedeck presentation, text for school newsletters, a one-page flyer and a levy video. We will let you know as we add materials to the levy toolkit for staff. Please let us know if you hear repeated questions, so we can help you provide answers. Thanks for your help.
Contact Rosie Eades, communications specialist, with questions or to sign up as a levy speaker for community outreach.