Mike McGinn, Mayor
11/8/2011 8:30:00 PM
Robert Cruickshank (206) 684-4000
Mayor Mike McGinn's Statement on Passage of Families and Education Levy
"Thank you, Seattle, for voting to invest in our children's future. At a time when we are facing further education cuts at the state level, the passage of the Families and Education Levy demonstrates Seattle remains committed to ensuring every child will graduate school ready for college or a career. This is a bold move that will help our youth and families succeed and compete in the global economy.
In 2010 we launched the Youth and Families Initiative and asked the community what they wanted to see from the City's investments in education. We heard from over 3,000 people in more than 130 meetings across Seattle. Their feedback shaped the Levy, which is the largest ever investment in programs for early learning, academic readiness, extra learning time, school-based health clinics, and programs to benefit English language learners.
This Levy is focused on outcomes. We will design programs to achieve clear outcomes and hold service providers accountable, ensuring that the programs we fund are delivering measurable results. We will make our investments based on data, and we will adapt those investments if the data shows something is not working.
I want to thank the Levy Planning Committee for their hard work in putting this package together. Levy Co-Chairs Matt Griffin, Estela Ortega, Norm Rice, Bob Watt and Greg Wong, as well as the campaign staff and volunteers also deserve thanks for getting this Levy approved. I thank the City Council for voting unanimously to ask voters to renew the Levy. Most importantly, thank you to the voters of Seattle for renewing your commitment to Seattle’s youth and families."