Education Levy, Summer Lunch Program, and Goodbye to a Member of our Team



Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy Ordinance

On Monday, June 11, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed revised CB 119258 out of the Select Committee for Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy. The revised package proposed by my committee co-chair, Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) and I, reflects a proposal that investment in preschool, K-12, and postsecondary education.  These education investments,build a strong pipeline to help Seattle’s kids get onto and stay on a path of academic success and achievement.

At a Glance: The proposed Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy would:

  1. Expand access to preschool by nearly 1,000 children per year by the 2025-26 school year to serve a total of 15,000 three and four year olds;
  2. Continue K-12 and community-based investments, including funding four new student health centers, supports for students experiencing homelessness and increasing teacher diversity in our classrooms;
  3. Create the Seattle Promise to allow public high school graduates to attend Seattle Colleges to obtain a college or postsecondary degree; and

We have created an infographic to help you learn more about Council’s Revised FEPP levy proposal. The Full Council will take a final vote on this legislation on Monday, June 18th at 2:00 pm.

Team Lorena Bids Farewell to Brianna Thomas

It is true: all good things must come to an end. This week Team Lorena is saying farewell to our Senior Legislative Aide, Brianna Thomas! A few months ago, we received the wonderful news that Brianna was accepted into the prestigious Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government graduate program.  After deciding to take a year deferral, Brianna will be leaving our office to further sharpen her skills and talents as the Chief of Staff at the new Office of Inspector General for Public Safety.

The work of my office would be impossible to accomplish without dedicated public servants, like Brianna.  She has been a core member of #TeamLorena for my entire time in office (2 ½ years!).  Her contributions to the work of my office and the residents of Seattle have been remarkable and steadfast.

Brianna was the lead legislative aide on secure scheduling, which provides thousands of minimum-wage restaurant and retail workers relief from unpredictable scheduling practices.  Brianna also worked countless hours on the community-driven Police Accountability Ordinance that established a historic civilian accountability framework to continue our city’s ongoing police reform efforts.

Schools Out, but Summer Meals aren’t!

Every summer, The City of Seattle funds a summer meal program, providing no-cost breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18 years old at locations throughout the entire city. This year’s summer meals program runs from Tuesday, June 26, 2018, through August 24, 2018.

Click here to find the summer meals site nearest you!

 

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