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González’s Committee Passes Plan to Implement the City’s Education Levy Investments

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), chair of the Gender Equity, Safe
Communities, New Americans and Education Committee
, along with her
Council colleagues, passed the implementation and evaluation plan for the Families,
Education, Preschool and Promise Levy
out of committee today. The implementation
plan will go before the Full Council during its regularly scheduled meeting on
Monday, April 22.

“The City of Seattle has a long-standing tradition of supporting
the academic success of our littlest learners and public school students
through levy investments.  Today, my committee builds on that legacy by
advancing an investment plan that expands quality preschool and creates
pathways to a career or college, and for the first time, dedicates resources to
increase teacher diversity and address student housing instability,” said
Councilmember González.

“I am proud of the work we have done, together, to invest in
strategies to help close the opportunity gap and ensure every student,
regardless of their income level or the neighborhood they live in, will have
access to high-quality public education.

“There are many people that got us to this vote. I want to thank
former Councilmember Rob Johnson who was instrumental to get us here today, as
well as the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Education and Early Learning.
We could not do this work without important partnerships with Seattle Public
Schools, Seattle Colleges, the numerous community-based organizations doing
frontline work in our schools and in our communities, the Levy Oversight
Committee, and everyone else who weighed in about equitable education for historically
and underserved students in Seattle. This plan stays true to what Seattle’s
generous voters approved last November, and whether it’s inside or outside the
classroom, these investments are one way we put our values into action: we
believe in the potential of every student and they are worth investing
in.”

Seattle voters, by nearly 70 percent, approved the Families,
Education, Preschool and Promise Plan in November 2018. Mayor Jenny Durkan transmitted the levy’s
implementation and evaluation plan in March. The plan will nearly double the
number of slots in the Seattle Preschool Program, invests in K-12 education,
funds school-based health clinics, and expands the Seattle Promise, which
provides two free years of college for local high school graduates. Learn more
about these funding opportunities with the Department of
Education and Early Learning
.

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