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    Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O)

    Seattle voters approved renewal of the district's Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy in February 2019. This levy replaced the previous operations levy, which expired in 2019.

    The next EP&O Levy is expected to be placed on the ballot for the February 2022 election.

    Why do we need the EP&O Levy?

    School districts are funded through state, local and federal dollars. But there’s currently a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need.

    So, every three years, the district asks voters to consider renewing the operations levy, which is a local education property tax. In addition, school construction is primarily funded by local voter-approved capital levies.

    This levy:

    • Funds critical day-to-day school operations, such as additional school staff beyond what the state allocates.

    • Helps pay for instructional materials and textbook.

    • Bridges the funding gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need.

    • Provides funds for Special Education to ensure our 7,000 students who need special education services have the supports they need.

    • Helps close the opportunity gaps by continuing to provide programs to support our most vulnerable students.

    Contact Us

    Operations Levy: budget

    Mailing Address:
    Levies 2019
    Seattle Public Schools
    M.S. 22-336
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165