Here is the link to the SPS Webpage for the full letter from the Superintendent
Dear Seattle Public Schools families and community:
When I visit schools each week or spend time with central departments, I see firsthand our staff’s personal commitment to ensuring each and every student in our care is thriving. I also have the opportunity to witness students making connections, building their understanding of the world, and becoming life-long learners. This is why, as your Superintendent, I am so frustrated that we are facing such a devastating budget shortfall next year. It is not our fault and yet, we have to plan for a worst-case scenario.
In early December I shared that the district is facing a $74.2 million dollar budget shortfall because of the state’s failure to fully fund public education and fulfill its paramount duty. Our budget shortfall is the result of two key failures by the state.
First, the state has not fully funded education as it is constitutionally required to do.
Second, the Legislature has also made it impossible for our community to make up the difference by restricting how much we can collect from our voter approved levies. This has increased our 2017-18 budget shortfall by $30 million dollars. It is money we have in the bank, and we cannot use it.
You can learn more about the details of the budget shortfall and the Legislative actions we are taking on our 2017-18 Budget webpage.