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Seattle Considers School Funding Levies

Jan 28, 2013

If it passes, Proposition 1 would give Seattle Schools money for day-to-day needs like books, transportation and student activities.
Credit Flickr photo/Michael Porter

Next month, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two expiring levies to fund Seattle Public Schools. Proposition 1 would raise nearly $552 million over three years to fund day-to-day expenses like textbooks, transportation and student activities. Proposition 2 would raise nearly $695 million over six years to pay for building renovations, earthquake safety improvements and security cameras. The two levies combined would cost the owner of a $400,000 home an additional $152 per year in property taxes. Should Seattle voters renew the levies? We'll take up Prop 1 and Prop 2.

Also this hour: Katy Sewall meets Dennis the Bomb Dog and his trainer Officer Craig Williamson for a bomb-sniffing training session. Plus, most of us are spending our winter days inside, far away from the rhythms of light and shadow. What does it do to us to work, day in, day out, under artificial light? We talk with a University of Washington daylighting specialist about some new buildings that use daylight to help people inside feel more relaxed, attentive and productive.