Next Meeting: Seattle School Levies


Our next membership is almost here, the first of 2016!

January 20, 2016
7pm – 9pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6615 Dayton Avenue North

We’ll have a policy briefing about the upcoming school levy. Hope to see you there!

Seattle’s Operations and Capital Levies

In February 2016, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two critical levies that support Seattle’s public schools.  The Operations levy provides a quarter of the funds needed to operate the Seattle Public Schools. This levy will provide funding for basic day-to-day operations, teachers and instructional assistants, textbooks and classroom supplies, bilingual and special education services, bus transportation, student activities such as athletics, arts, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, professional development and training.  Without these funds – $758.3 million over three years – our schools’ budgets would be devastated.  The Capital levy (BTA IV) will expand school science laboratories and add 2,050 new classroom seats to help to meet the capacity gap so that every child can go to safe, modern classroom in a great school. BTA IV delivers a total of $475 million to students with improved building, academics, athletics and technology.

Presenter: Peter Maier

Peter Maier grew up in Seattle and was educated in its public schools. He went on to Oberlin College, and then to Harvard Law School where he received his J.D. degree with honors in 1981. He is a Seattle attorney and lives in the 36th legislative district.  He has been active as a volunteer helping our Seattle Public Schools for many years, including with various PTSAs. Peter was elected to the Seattle School Board in 2007 and served until 2011. He now serves on the State Board of Education.