If you love data and facts please add this site to your “must have” sites: http://www.schooldataproject.com This website was created by Jeff Heckathorn. Jeff has a passion for data and has been spending huge amounts of time gathering and dissecting data regarding Washington State school levys and bonds. We’ve been corresponding for months on this and today we bring to you some of the materials he has shared. Feel free to go straight to his site. We will provide updates and articles as we get them. You’ll find information about those that passed and those that failed in February 2021 “special elections”.
This article will be updated as new information becomes available.
Here is Jeff’s introduction to his work:
I believe I can be another resource for you in your efforts to bring more honesty and transparency to pertinent aspects regarding K-12 education in Washington State. Most of our goals overlap.
A summary report on the school levies that were on the February 9th, 2021 special ballot across the state.
A summary report on all of the school bonds in WA that were presented to voters on one of the elections held in 2020.
This report was incorporated in the policy report published by the Washington Policy Center.
“Washington school district officials misled voters about the true cost of school construction bonds on the 2020 ballot”
Student performance, budget summaries, and school personnel compensation summaries for every school district in WA. The next link is for the Vancouver SD
Other studies are in progress. This next chart shows one measure of how low income and non-low income students are faring in the Olympia SD using the most recent SBA data.
Feel free to peruse the School Data Project website. Comments are welcome.
February 17th Jeff’s Levy Report: http://www.schooldataproject.com/report_levies
Here’s the spreadsheet he used to build much of the data on his website: 20210209LevyDataSummary20210217 Please note this an Excel spreadsheet and should not be used for any purpose (other than reviewing) without getting Jeff’s approval.
Currently, I am right in the middle of updating my charts for all districts relating to budgets and compensations.
So as of today, 7 school measures. No bonds. 6 will be advertised as “replacement” EP&O levies. The other one as a Tech Levy.
2 of the replacement levies are redos from their failed attempt in February.
A quick summary of what I have so far for the April 27th, 2021 election for school measures.
The Secretary of State’s office told me today that they think this is the final list.
There are 11 school measures from 11 school districts from 8 counties.
1 is a 6 Yr Technology Capital Levy
1 is a 6 Yr Capital Levy to Improve Schools. This is the biggest from Edmonds for $180M
9 are EP&O Replacement Levies (2-4 years)
3 of the EP&O Replacement Levies are redos since they failed on the 2/9/21 election.
As far as I have been able to gather, not one school district bothered with the optional democratic practice (sometimes taught in schools) of gathering pro/con arguments for a voters’ pamphlet or guide.
So this election is kind of historic since all others in the future will be required to have a paper voters’ pamphlet no matter the month of the election.
I should have a more complete summary in the next week or so.