Business and Finance


Seattle Public Schools Budget Office

The Seattle Public Schools’ budget builds on the work of our strategic plan and our ongoing commitment to eliminating opportunity gaps to ensure access and provide excellence in education for every student.

Our budget aligns with the five-year strategic plan priority of Predictable and Consistent Operational Systems and related goals:

Develop district-wide operational systems that provide a predictable and consistent experience to meet the needs of students, families, and staff;  and allow them to focus on learning.

  1. Increase satisfaction with students, families, staff, and the community.
  2. Improve communication to students, families, and school leaders.
  3. Improve overall performance of operational systems in support of student learning.

2023-24 Budget

2023-24 Seattle Public Schools Adopted Budget (posted August 8, 2023)

More information on the 2023-24 budget can be found on the ‘Current Budget’ page.

To purchase a hard copy of the Budget Book, please see the Publishing Services Ordering Tool.

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A Citizen’s Guide to Washington State K-12 Finance 
A resource the state Senate Ways and Means Committee and the L.E.A.P Committee offers to citizens, members of the Senate, their staff, and other interested persons to provide a clear and simple overview of the state budget and state revenues.

Organization and Financing of Washington’s Public Schools  
Publication by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to make the complex subject of school finance understandable.

Policies Pertaining to Budget Development  
Policies adopted by the School Board of Seattle Public Schools that guide the development of central and school budgets.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Accounting and Budgeting

The documents below provide additional information related to school district accounting and budgeting.

Accounting Manual for Public School Districts in the State of Washington
This manual provides uniform accounting and financial reporting to allow for meaningful use and comparison of financial data, accounting instructions as a resource for local school districts, and furnishes the means for effective budgetary control as well as a consistent framework for financial reporting.  Published in September 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions and information about the Budget Office

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Well-resourced Schools Survey and Online Community Meeting

Due to overwhelming community interest, the well-resourced schools online meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26. The survey is available.

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May 3 School Board Budget Presentation

On May 3, the district presented the first part of the Fiscal Stabilization Plan to the Seattle School Board.

Legislative Session Statement

The Washington State Legislature made progress during the 2023 session on Seattle Public Schools priorities including special education funding.