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Office for Education
Families and Education Levy
About the Families and Education Levy
Successfully Improving the Lives of Seattle's Students Since 1990
Seattle voters passed the first Families and Education Levy in November 1990. The ground-breaking initiative provided support to children and their families, both in and out of school, in an effort to help all Seattle's children become safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
Outcomes-Focused Approach to Children and Youth Investments
In 2002, the City analyzed the state of children and youth in Seattle with respect to family income, educational achievement and health, and found that children of color and those living in poverty or low-income communities were faring substantially worse than their peers in other neighborhoods. Given these findings, the current Levy, renewed in 2004, is focused on achieving three overarching goals:
Learn more about our progress since 1990 (Adobe PDF).
Areas of Benefit
What Does the Levy Provide?
Thanks to Levy investments since 2005, the programs and services invested in by the Families and Education Levy have successfully provided:
We're Succeeding With Kids Who Most Need Our Help
Overall, since the 2004-05 school year, over 1,600 children have entered kindergarten ready to succeed in school, and 1,500 elementary school students, 2,500 middle school students, and 2,000 high school students have met grade-level standards who had not done so previously. These numbers represent unduplicated counts of students.
Beyond the Numbers
But more than just statistics, these are real students who struggle to get to school, maintain their grades, improve their academic skills, and stay in school to graduate on time. Here's how we're helping them reach every milestone along the Education Road Map:
What has the Families and Education Levy achieved? Please read the 2004 Families and Education Levy Seven-Year Summary and 2011-12 School Year Annual Report. Read or download all Levy reports here.