Seattle investing $95 million in K-12 public schools

Seattle investing $95 million in K-12 public schools

SEATTLE — Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday that the city of Seattle is investing nearly $95 million in K-12 public schools.

The investment will take place over a 6-year period and comes from the Department of Education and Early Learning’s School Based Investment.

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The funding was approved in the Families, Education Preschool, and Promise levy, and will start in the 2020-2021 year.

“With nearly $100 million in investments, we focused on programs that address race-based disparities in education and push Seattle closer to achieving true educational justice,” Durkan said.

The investments will be spread among 30 schools in the district. Compared to the previous education levy, this one places a greater emphasis on college and career readiness, according to a release from the city.

With strong community engagement and community oversight of these funds, the City prioritized investing in schools with students of color and English language learners, furthering equity in our public school system,” said City Council President M. Lorena González.