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Debating The Seattle Schools Education Levy

Guy Nelson
02/23/2011 at 12:20 p.m.

The City Council is trying to decide the cost of the Families and Education levy that voters will see this fall. Mayor Mike McGinn proposed an increase from $116 million in 2004 to $231 million — a 99 percent increase. Supporters say the funding is for important programs that increase graduation rates. Opponents say that the education system already has enough money — it's just not properly allocated. We talk to both sides.


Paul Guppy is vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center, a think tank that promotes free market policies. He opposes the education levy.

Melissa Westbrook writes for the Save Seattle Schools blog and supports the education levy.

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