Your School District Levy Questions Answered
February 13th will mark the first election since the McCleary ruling on educational funding, and with sixteen school districts in King County alone facing levy decisions, many voters are asking why schools need more funding. A majority of the levies on the ballot are replacements, similar in design to existing levies under effect for their respective districts. There are also a handful of areas seeking temporary annual levies to bring new buses to accommodate the growing student population.
The reason schools need funding in addition to basic education requirements, is because there is a gap between what is expected of a school and the funds provided by the state’s new budget. For example, basic education could be compared to a starter home. Sure, it has the basic requirements for day-to-day life, but it also doesn’t have any of the dream features that make living that much more enjoyable.
For the school system, providing money to move beyond the “starter home” means giving children access to additional nurses, valuable arts programs, after-school tutors, and more. In Bellevue School District, for instance, basic education assigns 4 nurses to cover 28 schools that are home to over 20,000 pupils. Clearly, that is not enough, which is where the levies come in.
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