Replacement of two expiring levies to support every student

Every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Tacoma Public Schools is committed to providing that high-quality education in every school so ALL students – regardless of background or neighborhood – can do just that.

Soon, you will have an important choice to make on Proposition 1: The Educational Programs & Operations replacement levy, and Proposition 2: The Technology Improvements & Upgrades replacement levy. The election is Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

If approved, Proposition 1 would fund 15% of the school district’s operations. Proposition 2 would fund technology access for all K-12 students. Both levies would replace expiring levies that impact every Tacoma Public Schools student in every neighborhood.

Props. 1 and 2 will directly impact our schools in the following ways:

Prop. 1 Educational Programs & Operations Replacement Levy

Teachers, Books and Basics

  • Teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, paraeducators and special needs staff, equaling about 500 staff members
    • For example, the state funds 46 of our paraeducators; the voter-approved levy funding adds another 36 paraeducators to serve our students. The state funds 54 school counselors; the voter-approved levy adds another 29 counselors to serve our students.
  • Up-to-date textbooks and instructional materials, including math and reading

Health, Safety and Security

  • Maintenance on plumbing, heating and ventilation systems for clean air and safe water
  • Maintenance on aging roofs and for earthquake safety
  • Improvements to school safety and security, fire alarm systems and 911 communications

Educational Programs for Every Child in Every Neighborhood

  • Special needs programs and improved accessibility for students and staff with disabilities
  • Preschool and after-school programs
  • Programs for high-achieving students and college entrance exams for all students
  • Arts, music, athletics, extracurricular activities, and career and technical education programs.
    • For example, the state provides no money for athletic programs. In a typical year, the voter-approved levy provides $4 million for athletics.

Prop. 2 Technology Improvements & Upgrades Replacement Levy

Access to Technology & Up-to-Date Learning Tools for Every K-12 Student

  • Expanded technology access and laptops for every K-12 student and staff member to use at school and at home
  • Staff training and software, and online learning tools for teachers and students

Safety, Security and Privacy Protection

  • Increased computer safety, security and privacy protection for all students and staff

Keeping Students on Track

  • Online systems for students, teachers and parents to monitor academic progress, attendance, homework and credits, keeping students on track for high school graduation

Costs – Not a Tax Rate Increase

If voters approve Props. 1 and 2, the average four-year tax rate for Tacoma schools is projected to decrease due to rising property values (from $2.72 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $2.63 per $1,000). The cost to the average Tacoma homeowner is projected to be about $13 more per month—$9.43 per month for Prop. 1 and $3.63 for Prop. 2.

If you would like to learn more about Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 on the Feb. 8 ballot, please visit tacomaschools.org/vote or call the TPS Public Information Office at 253-571-1015.

Pierce County will mail ballots on Jan. 21. If you are not already registered to vote, online registration is available at piercecountywa.gov/elections until Jan. 30.
 


TPS Media Contact

Kathryn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager | 253-571-1015 | kmccart@tacoma.k12.wa.us

About Tacoma Schools

Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...


 

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