2020 Tech Levy
The Highline Tech Levy (Proposition 1) is endorsed by:
School Board Director, Highline Public Schools
"This past decade the Seattle region added over 50,000 tech jobs. Highline students must be prepared to join this growing workforce. The Highline Tech Levy will provide current technology and Internet access to our students, giving them the tools they need to succeed. We must keep our promise that every student will graduate with the digital literacy skills that are needed in today's world. I will vote YES to support the Highline Tech Levy."
ACLU People Power Burien
"Our students need the tools, training, and access to prepare for an ever changing and more technical world. We need to ensure that every student in our district has the resources needed to learn and thrive. ACLU Burien People Power asks you to Vote YES for Proposition 1, the Highline Schools Tech Levy."
Mayor, City of Tukwila
"Technology is a key to learning success and so important to our youth's future, especially during this pandemic as their primary source of education delivery and response."
Executive Director, Highline Schools Foundation
"It is critical that students have access to updated technology so that they can graduate prepared for the future that they choose. Now, more than ever, in this time of pandemic, access to updated technology is critical to keep students connected to schools and for learning."
School Board Vice President, Highline Public Schools
"If we all have the same access to technology, then we all have the same opportunities. And opportunity is what education should always be about."
Burien Youth Council
"We believe that the lack of technology should not be a hindrance in the education of our young people, and in a lot instances it has been just that. The lack of equitable technology across the country has been an issue pre-COVID, and it has now been highlighted more intensely as an issue we can no longer push aside. Our students warrant the right to an equitable education, and this levy will help move us in that direction."
Business owner, community member and voter
"Technology is crucial as part of the educational curriculum, and now more than ever given the impacts the pandemic have had on our education system."
Carlyn Hove Roedell
My family and I are Highline alumni, taught in the district for 36 years, trustee for Highline Schools Foundation
"I support this levy because it represents equity, common sense, and increasing methods for education."
Highline teacher and coach
"Our kids need equal access to technology and 21st century skills in order to receive and equitable and competitive education. During this pandemic, my biggest fear as a teacher is that any of my students are not equipped to handle navigating learning without a device, internet, and/or proper education around how to use technology ethically and effectively."
Chuck & Lisa Tuman
Chuck formerly served as chair of the Yes for Highline campaign committee, and Lisa served as secretary.
Chuck: "I support this levy because all children should have access to learning technology."
Lisa: "I support this levy beacuse it helps us level the playing field for all students."
King County Councilmember
"As a lifelong resident of South King County and a former Highline School District student, I know first hand just how important our schools are to this community. That’s why I'm wholeheartedly endorsing this levy. Passing Prop 1 will ensure every student has the tools and resources they need to be successful whether learning at home or in the classroom."
Dobby the Cat
Chad Harper and KC Councilmember Dave Upthegrove's cat
“I like Highline Schools more than I like bringing frogs in from my catio to my daddies. Vote Yes on Proposition 1 - Highline Tech Levy!"
Highline Education Association
Sandy Hunt, HEA President
"The Highline Technology Levy is a concrete step our voters can take to help our students take a step into the 21st Century. While local and state officials as well as internet service providers are currently making sure our families have access to broadband internet, our educators and students need much more to be successful. Let’s come together and create a hopeful future for our students by providing them with the resources needed for the world they will live in by passing this important levy today. We can do this!"
Highline Youth Race and Equity Coalition
"Education holds transformative power and in our modern world of evolved technology, access to education has become interchangeable with access to technology. Every student deserves to have the resources needed to succeed regardless of socioeconomic standing and that's exactly what this tech levy will ensure."
Highline Schools Foundation
Justin Kraft, President of the Board of Trustees
"The Board of Trustees of the Highline Schools Foundation unanimously and enthusiastically endorses Proposition #1 - Highline Technology Levy. As the only nonprofit organization which supports all Highline schools, the Foundation believes that strong public education is the foundation for a thriving economy and this levy is critically important to prepare our students for the future."
Proud parent, alumni & community member!
"Access to technology is not only important during this pandemic but, even beyond! Our young people deserve access today, tomorrow and in the future! This is why I will be voting YES for the Highline Tech Levy!"
Highline parent and Des Moines City Councilmember
"As the father of 2 students that attend Highline Schools, the husband of a Highline School District substitute teacher and an advocate for equity across the district, I whole-heartedly give my endorsement of the Highline Technology Levy."
Mayor, City of Burien
State Representative, 34th District
"The COVID pandemic has made even more clear how much the digital divide is impacting students' learning. Every Highline student deserves access to the technology they need to stay connected and to develop critical job skills. By passing this levy, Highline voters can help close the digital divide and give every Highline student a better chance at success."
State Senator, 34th District
"I'm a proud student from our Highline Public Schools and believe it is critical that we give our kids all the tools they need to succeed in this rapidly changing world. Access to technology will ensure equitable access to education and this levy is an important investment in the future of our children and this community."
Dennis and Kevin Schilling
Highline grads and Kevin serves as a Burien City Councilmember
"Two Schilling generations of Highline School District graduates support this levy! My dad, Dennis, attended Mount View Elementary (1957-1963), Cascade Junior High (1963-1966) and Evergreen High School (1966-1969) and I attended Raisbeck Aviation High School (2008-2012). Since 1943, our family for three generations have never lived outside the Highline School District boundary. It's vital that we pass this levy to ensure that students have access to the digital tools necessary to learn online in this new age. As a community, we need to make sure that the students of the Highline School District have the opportunity to be prepared for a bright future. Join two generations of Schilling Highline School District Alumni in supporting this levy for the alumni of tomorrow!"
Deputy Mayor of Burien and parent to three Highline district students
"Highline students are the future of South King County. If we truly want to live in a thriving community, we have to give our students the tools to get there. That is why I support this campaign for equitable access to technology during this pandemic, and beyond - so every student, regardless of background, can rise to their best level of success."
Administrator, Highline Public Schools
"I support this Levy because each kid needs to have a device to learn with."
Councilmember, City of Des Moines
"It's important that absolutely every child/family has access to quality technology needed for their education."
Mayor, City of Des Moines
“I support this levy because understanding technology is a key life skill in today’s world. It is an essential part of today’s education and tomorrow's occupations.”
State Representative, 33rd District
"Every student, no matter what their circumstances, deserves access to internet and a device for learning during the pandemic. Every teacher deserves to have the tools they need to teach--in a classroom or from their living room. Every family deserves to have the resources to support their child's education. It's our job today to fight inequity and ensure our students, teachers and families have what they need. That is why I am strongly supporting the tech levy."
Councilmember, City of Burien
"I support the Highline School District Technology Levy. We are right now dealing with health, education, and equity crises simultaneously. One of our most essential tasks is ensuring a high quality education for our children. This technology levy will help our Highline teachers, students, and their families access the tools they need to ensure access to an education that will help us all find our way through this and future crises. Please vote yes for this levy."
Operations Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County | Southwest
"We at the Boys & Girls Club support the Highline Tech Levy. We serve youth daily from Highline Schools in grades K-12 and it is vital to their learning that students and families have access to technology. We are fortunate to have space here and staff to assist our youth at the Boys & Girls Club but for the families that don't have access to tech or need assistance with the language barrier, it is important to have this support. Please support this Levy, especially for our community in White Center because it's a huge need."
"Distance learning on paper is so 1980s!"
Executive Director, YES Foundation of White Center
"I am a product of Highline Public Schools. My parents came here from American Samoa because they wanted their children to have access to and receive a high quality education. My father would often encourage us to “work hard in school and get your education because no one will ever be able to take that away from you.” It was true then and it is true today, and that is why I'm endorsing this levy. Let's prioritize our children's education and make sure they have the tools and resources needed in order for them to be successful whether learning at home or in the classroom."
Rotary Club of SeaTac-Tukwila
"We are proud to endorse the Highline School District's Proposition 1 Technology Levy. Each year our club provides thousands of dollars in college scholarships to Highline School District graduates and donations to elementary school libraries. We know this levy will give HSD students even greater opportunities for learning and success!"
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
“As an organization that believes Education and Workforce Development is Economic Development, the Seattle Southside Chamber is proud to endorse Proposition #1 in order to bring more technology into our local classrooms. Technology and access to technology will help our community prepare for greater success as well as build and support the skilled workforce our business community requires. It is imperative that our educators and students have the opportunity to learn in new ways and connect effectively in every learning environment.”
Councilmember, City of SeaTac
"As a Councilmember and member of this community, I am in support of this levy as it would bring much needed support for remote learning and provide access to students. It is especially critical to provide training and support to our educators so they can best serve our community."
Shorewood Elementary School PTA
"Shorewood PTA encourages you to vote YES on Prop. 1 to fund devices and upgraded classroom technology for learning at home and at school. Our teachers and students need access to reliable technology and educational tools."
Sylvester Middle School PTSA
"Sylvester Middle School PTSA is proud to endorse Proposition 1, the Highline Technology Levy. Please join us and vote to help ensure there is adequate technology for our schools."
Teamsters Local 763
EHS alum and White Center Heights parent
"Equitable access will ensure that all children can attend class and get assignments during the pandemic. It will also allow for our children to connect with peers and build relationships with teachers."
State Representative, 33rd District
Trish Millines Dziko
Executive Director, Technology Access Foundation
"Equitable access to technology is important for every student, not just during this pandemic. What the pandemic did was bring inequities in our education system to the surface. As a long time partner of Highline Public Schools, my organization fully supports this levy and we think voters should too because it's an investment in the next generation of leaders!"
Executive Director, Para Los Ninos
"Prop. 1 will pay for upgrading technology for students and teachers districtwide without increasing tax rates. This levy is urgently needed to foster the success of our Latino students and families. The levy funds access to technology and support for digital learning. Let's make the best of 2020 and invest in a bright future for our local youth!"
33rd District Democrats
Omaha Sternberg, Precinct Committee Officer
"As long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues our children's educational opportunities will be disrupted. To protect our children and the community at large, full-time in school education is not possible. Whether we do part-time in school education and the rest virtual, or all virtual, will not make a difference in regards to what our children will need. In order to include racial and class equity as requirements in education we MUST have the money to include access to the Internet, technology, and tech education for children and their teachers."
34th District Democrats