Tacoma’s School Board of Directors unanimously adopted resolutions that will place two renewal levies supporting schools on the Feb. 8, 2022, Special Election ballot.
Proposition 1, the Educational Programs and Operations levy, would fund 15% of the school district’s operations, including about 500 staff members.
Proposition 2, the Technology Improvements and Upgrades levy, would fund technology access for all K-12 students.
Both levies would replace expiring levies that impact every TPS K-12 student in every neighborhood.
Prop. 1 would support:
Teachers, Books and Basics
- Teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, paraeducators and special needs staff and others, equaling about 500 staff members
- Up-to-date textbooks and instructional materials, including math and reading
Health, Safety and Security
- Upgrades to plumbing, heating and ventilation systems to maintain clean air and safe water
- Upgrades to aging roofs and 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
Prop. 2 would support:
Access to Technology & Up-to-Date Learning 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 up-to-date computer 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
Not a tax rate increase
If Props. 1 and 2 pass, 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 of assessed property value).
The cost to the average Tacoma homeowner is projected to be about $13 more per month ($9.43 per month more for Prop. 1 Educational Programs levy and $3.63 per month more for Prop. 2 Technology levy.)
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...