This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Conventional wisdom had it that school levies faced iffy prospects Tuesday in this climate of economic trouble. Conventional wisdom was wrong.
Unemployment may be high and financial confidence low, but voters throughout the South Sound renewed levies for their school districts by immense margins. In Tacoma, the spread was 65-to-35 percent. In Puyallup it was 70-to-30 percent. In University Place, 67-to-33 percent. In the Bethel School District, 59-to-41 percent.
Those aren’t landslides; they are tsunamis.
Icing on the cake: Tacoma’s $140 million construction-and-technology levy passed 59-41 percent. As of Thursday, the Clover Park School District’s $92 million school-construction bond measure enjoyed 62 percent approval rate. Tacoma and Lakewood voters were looking past the immediate distress and buying new schools for the future.
This swell of public support shows how highly the region’s citizens value public education in general and their own schools in particular. What it doesn’t show is that Washingtonians are ready to add to the burden they’re already bearing.
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