Snohomish Mayor John Kartak asked the question: Affordable housing or public education, which one are you against?
This isn’t a zero-sum game. We can have both and should expect our elected representatives to want both.
Well-funded schools are better at addressing all students’ needs: increasing graduation rates, addressing individual learning styles, helping with mental health issues, teaching life skills and much more.
Snohomish School District levies pays for these school necessities: after school activities, summer programs, alternative education, special education, maintenance, bussing, support staff, professional development, technology.
Communities with strong, well-funded schools rate higher with overall community satisfaction. Not just among adults with school-age children but with all adults. Quality public schools are schools where the parents in the neighborhood are getting involved, create social network and social capital that builds a strong neighborhood with things like neighborhood watches, dinner support for sick, neighborhood gatherings.
Where will these students go when they don’t have many of these services. They go out into the community. Juvenile crimes occur most frequently in the hours immediately following the end of the school day. If you don’t support schools, you will need to start hiring more police and city workers to compensate for the lack of school organized supervision.
Voting yes on the levies not only helps the schools but the community at large. The levies have nothing to do with affordable housing, taxes will go down 91 cents per $1,000 in 2019, but schools have everything to do with the quality of a town.