Seattle Schools backers launched a campaign Saturday to support renewal of operating and capital levies. The measure will be on the ballot in a special election Feb. 12.
Schools First, the volunteer-led organization that convenes every three years to campaign for the levies, was holding a rally today at the McKinstry Innovation Center on South Hudson Street.
Scheduled speakers included King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda. Several students were also scheduled to speak in favor of the levies.
The operating levy accounts for 25 percent of the Seattle Schools’ budget. The capital levy will fund construction or major renovation of more than a dozen schools, earthquake retrofits at 37 schools and installation of Wifi access at every Seattle public school.