In the fall of 2007, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the Washington Association of School Boards (WASC) were among the largest school districts in the country.
At that time, a total of 1,800 public school students were enrolled in their system, and nearly 3,300 were in special education.
The total cost to educate Seattle’s students was more than $7 billion, and the district’s budget was $6.5 billion.
Seattle had the highest cost per pupil in the nation.
In 2007, it was also the most expensive school district in the U.S., and the third most expensive in the state.
To help reduce the cost of education, the state and federal government enacted a number of policies to increase funding.
For instance, Seattle voters passed Measure M in 2000, which expanded the state’s public school funding by $10 billion.
The money was then used to build new schools and expand services.
The state also invested $10 million to improve bus routes, pay for increased bus drivers and upgrade schools.
In 2010, Measure C, which was part of the state legislature’s transportation plan, added a $10,000 per student surcharge to students’ tuition.
The surcharge also covered the cost to build a new school.
Seattle also set aside funds for transportation, and it also increased its share of general fund revenues.
By the time Measure D was passed in 2015, the district had spent $7.5 million to expand the school system, including $1.4 million for a new bus system.
The new money went to build two new high schools, a new middle school and a new elementary school.
But the biggest benefit of the increase in general fund funding was the creation of a special tax credit for Seattle public schools.
The tax credit provided the school district with an additional $1,600 per student per year, which allowed the district to cover the cost for tuition and other fees.
That was an enormous savings for Seattle Public School students.
But in the end, Measure D wasn’t enough to solve Seattle’s financial problems.
A new state law created a new “district levy” which allowed schools to raise additional money by selling bonds or issuing bonds that would be sold to the general fund.
The district raised $1 million in bonds to build its new middle and high schools and raised another $1 billion in bonds for the district for additional school renovations.
The revenue was used to fund the new buses and to fund infrastructure improvements.
But when the new bonds were issued, they had to be repaid to the district.
The District of Columbia, which had already approved an increase in property taxes for schools, decided to impose a new state sales tax on schools, which could have created a financial burden on Seattle.
The Washington Association for School Boards sued the District of Washington, claiming the tax violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
The suit, which eventually went to trial, resulted in a $15.5-million settlement.
But, in the process, the plaintiffs in the case won an important victory.
The Supreme Court ruled that Seattle’s school district could collect the tax on its own behalf, without needing the District to provide a public benefit, such as a public school bus system, that would have made up the difference.
This meant that schools could collect a tax on their own without having to share a dime with the District.
And it also meant that the District could pass a tax without being subject to the public’s approval, which would have been impossible for the Seattle School District.
With this victory, Seattle’s district had been able to get a little bit of additional money from the state for the school districts construction costs.
The result was that the district could now pass a new tax that would increase the cost per student by $2,000, and Seattle could pay for all of that.
Seattle’s new tax allowed it to spend up to $7,000 more per student than it did before the new taxes were passed, and more than double the cost it had before.
The school district was able to pass the tax in 2017, and then passed another one in 2020, but the new bills did not have to be approved by voters.
The bill passed by the state Legislature was signed by Governor Jay Inslee in March 2021, but it did not require a referendum.
The next year, the Seattle City Council voted to approve a new revenue source for the city.
But this new source was not going to be the new district levy, which the plaintiffs had been seeking.
It would be a new special tax.
In June 2020, the Council approved Measure A, which provided $3.8 billion in new taxes for school districts and districts of less than 500 students.
The special tax would be used to pay for capital improvements and to pay down the debt on the district bonds.
In January 2021, the new school levy was approved by the Seattle voters.
With Measure A’s approval and the special tax passed, Seattle became the