The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided an update today on how local levy and bond elections fared across the state in February’s special election (held on February 11. 2020).
Local levies provide districts with additional funds for programs, supports and services beyond what the state provides. While these vary from district to district, proceeds from local levies (sometimes called Education Programs and Operations or EP&O levies) typically support programs such as career and technical education, mental health counselors, seven-period day, early childhood education, dual language and highly capable programs, special education and extracurricular activities.
Here’s an excerpt from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal’s press release describing the results, then a link to the full press release.
“Following Tuesday’s levy and bond elections, nearly 90% of all local capital and operating levies are passing.
Local levies enrich the program of basic education that is funded by the state Legislature. Levies provide school districts with the opportunity to provide critical supports for their students and educators above and beyond what the state provides. Services like mental health supports, early learning, and a host of other activities are strongly supported by local voters.
This year, 27 districts took advantage of the additional capacity the Legislature provided last year. Currently, 25 of those levies are passing.
The results from Tuesday show only 5 of 16 bonds are passing at the 60% threshold. If the standard democratic 50% threshold were in place, 16 of the 21 bond issues would be passing.“
You can read Superintendent Reykdal’s full statement here.
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