Vote YES for Highline!

Yes for Highline!

We are a committee of concerned citizens and parents from White Center, Burien, Normandy Park, Seatac, and Des Moines who support our local school funding measures by promoting the Highline Public Schools bonds and levies.

We know great schools make safe and thriving communities. There is a gap between what the state funds and the education Highline Public Schools provides students and families. Levy funds make up the difference.

Capital improvement bonds fund the replacement of our aging schools and the building of new schools to address our growing student population.

Yes for Highline! is actively planning for the future. Our community must invest in our schools in order for them to continue offering the services they currently provide.

We are a citizen organization made up of parents, community members, business owners, neighbors and others who want strong schools in Highline. We work together to support passage of school construction bonds and school operations levies.

Top 10 Facts About the 2018 Levy

1. The state education funding plan is a step in the right direction, but the state is not yet fully covering all basic education costs. Our local schools still need a local levy.

2. The Highline levy will pay for needs the state is not yet fully funding, like special education, school nurses, school security, athletics, teacher training days and other critical needs.

3. Our local schools depend on levies to fund the quality education our community expects for our children.

4. The new state plan reduces the amount of funding public schools can request from local taxpayers when they renew our educational programs levy. Even with passage of a renewal levy, Highline will actually see a net reduction in funding after 2018 unless lawmakers make changes to the current funding plan.

5. The levy is not a new tax. It renews a levy that is expiring in 2018.

6. The estimated levy rate is $1.50 per $1000 in assessed home valuation.

7. The levy is for a fixed dollar amount. The Highline Public Schools can not collect more money if property values increase. The levy would raise a maximum of $198 million over four years.

8. Voters are asked to approve a levy every three to four years. When a levy expires, it must be renewed by voters.

9 A levy measure must be approved by 50% of the voters.

10. Ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by February 13.

The 2018 Levy: Critical Needs

The state education funding plan passed last year is a work in progress. Our schools are not fully funded yet. The actual cost of educating students is still not fully covered by the state.

The levy pays for staff and programs not yet fully covered by the state. Here are some examples.

  • Teachers – additional teachers keep class sizes smaller.
  • Classroom assistants – additional assistants provide students with important small group and one-on-one instruction.
  • School nurses – additional nurses serve the medically fragile students while also providing general health support
  • School security officers – additional officers ensure students and staff are safe.
  • Special Education – all students have a federally protected right to an education.
  • Camp Waskowitz – outdoor education experiences including sixth-grade camp
    Extended learning opportunities – for students who need extra help
  • Athletic programs – for students to participate in sports


  • I proudly endorse the Yes for Highline campaign to pass this critical levy that will ensure every student can learn in a safe, 21st century environment and achieve their full potential.

    Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien)
  • Growing up in Burien and attending Gregory Heights Elementary put me on a path to success because I had a community that supported and invested in me. It's crucial we pass this levy to invest in the next generation of Highline leaders. I urge you to vote to approve the levy!

    Dave Upthegrove King County Councilmember
  • Levy funding allows us to provide the education our community expects for our children. Until the state fully funds education, our levy is critical.

    Dr. Susan Enfield Superintendent, Highline Public Schools
  • As a product of Highline public schools I know how hard our teacher's and district leaders work to provide a world-class education with limited resources. Some of our students face the kinds of hardship and insecurity that many of us could never imagine. Continuing our community's long commitment to safe, efficient, and forward-thinking school buildings is a critical step in preparing the next generation.

    Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn)
  • “As a mother of four, two of which are in Highline Public Schools, in the 1st and 3rd grades, I strongly support this levy. I want my children and their classmates to have the best start in their education, and I know that smaller class sizes, funding for school nurses and teacher training days allow for that. As an elected official, I know that levies such as this help bridge the gap between what the state should be funding, and where we are really at. I will be voting in favor of this new, less expensive levy for the future of ALL our children.”

    Krystal Marx, Burien City Councilmember
  • As a Tyee High School graduate, I know the value of a great education from Highline Schools. I enthusiastically support the Yes for Highline campaign to ease overcrowding, and provide a safe, 21st century learning environment for all students.

    Congressman Adam Smith
  • This is a great place to be from. I'm very proud to be from Highline High School. I graduated from here in 1979.

    Brad Tilden CEO of Alaska Airlines

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We are actively seeking endorsements for Yes for Highline! Please complete our endorsement form to help the cause.

We have received many endorsements from elected officials, organizations and community members!
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Information About Aging Buildings & Crowded Classrooms

November 8 Bond Measure

Dr Susan Enfield

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Highline Alum: Brook Negussie

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Alum Profile: Christian Tautua

Highline Public School’s Vimeo Page


Campaign Meetings

Please join us for our annual Campaign Meeting on January 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Highline Central Office in the South Classroom.

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