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Participatory Budgeting

 Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is seeking to engage the community in Year Two (2) of a new participatory budgeting process.  Participatory budgeting (PB) is a way to democratize traditional budgeting processes by having community members directly engaged in making budgetary decisions.  A key outcome of this 2021 process is to inform how SPS approaches PB in the future while building our capacity and fostering relationships necessary to scale participatory budgeting work.  This includes identifying community leaders and community organizations that can support continuous development and expansion of participatory budgeting in SPS.

2021 Participatory Budgeting Agenda

Last year, SPS began this work to learn more about what participatory budgeting could look like in our dstrict.  Community members provided direct feedback on the areas of the following:

  • Ethnic, Black, and American Indian studies
  • Restorative Justice
  • GIfts, Grants, Donations and Fundraising Proceeds

SPS Participatory Budgeting will take place on select dates from October 20 through December 3, 2021.  The process will be facilitated by Seattle-based design researcher Zithri Ahmed Saleem.

For more information on Participatory Budgeting at SPS, please contact

District Resources

October 27, 2021 Budget Overview

Briefing Papers on Subjects for Review:

Frequently Asked Questions

2021 Report to the School Board on the Participatory Budget Process

External Resources

These external resources offer information about the history and different philosophies and approaches to participatory budgeting.   Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

2021 Participating Organizations