Join the FEPP Levy Oversight Committee to advise on how the City of Seattle is advancing equity in education from preschool through postsecondary through political and financial investments
The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is currently accepting applications for five new committee members for the Levy Oversight Committee (LOC) for Families, Education, Early Learning and Promise (FEPP). LOC members serve a three-year term, with the exception of youth members, who will serve a one-year term. Interested community members are encouraged to apply through the City of Seattle Boards and Commissions website. Applications must be submitted by Monday, February 14, 2022.
DEEL seeks applicants representing historically underserved communities, particularly African Americans/Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, underserved Asian populations, other students of color, refugees, and immigrants , homeless people, English language learners and LGBTQ+ communities. Youth, young adults, and parents of students served by FEPP Levy investments are encouraged to apply.
About the FEPP Direct Debit Oversight Committee
The FEPP Levy is a seven-year, $619 million investment in Seattle’s children, youth and families approved by voters in November 2018. Through the FEPP Levy, DEEL is partnering with families and the community to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a brighter future for Seattle students by investing in:
- High-quality early learning services that prepare children for success in kindergarten;
- Physical and mental health services that support learning;
- College and job readiness experiences that support high school graduation; and
- Post-secondary opportunities that promote the obtaining of a certificate, title or diploma.
The LOC, established by city ordinance, monitors the levy’s progress toward its education equity goal and makes recommendations to DEEL leaders on how to improve outcomes for children, young people and families in Seattle through FEPP-funded investments. Appointed members of the LOC can expect to spend around ten hours per month on average on matters related to the FEPP.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LOC has advised the establishment of urgent services such as emergency child care which has provided nearly $2 million to support essential workers. LOC members have also served on committees reviewing FEPP investments, such as Seattle Public Schools (SPS) School Investments and the Seattle Promise Equity Scholarship which provide additional school support and programming tailored to Seattle student culture.
“The in-depth knowledge and experience held by the members of our Levy Oversight Committee helps DEEL ensure that our Seattle students furthest from educational justice have equitable access to excellent educational opportunities across the continuum. preschool to post-secondary. I am grateful to our LOC members for serving as trusted advisors on how FEPP Levy investments can advance educational equity in our city,” said Dr. Dwane Chappelle, Director of DEEL.
“As an early childhood educator and as a leader of color in the community, I truly believe in the importance of broad representation at the decision-making table. Our communities across the city are not monolithic: we need leaders deeply involved in the community to make the voices of families and students from diverse groups heard. I feel honored to be a member of the levy committee and see this as an opportunity to empower the Latino community to get involved and make their voices heard because they matter. The future of their children depends on it.
Manuela Slye, strategic advisor and former president of Seattle PTSA Council
How to register
To apply to join the COL FEPP, please submit an application through the City Boards and Commissions website. Applications submitted by Monday, February 14 will be considered for nominations in 2022.
To access the application, click on “submit your application” in the “Apply for a board or commission” bar.
Once in the app, be sure to select “FEPP LOC” from the drop-down menu.
Interested candidates should have:
- Passion for working with local authorities to improve educational outcomes;
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity through previous volunteer experience;
- Lived or work experience related to FEPP tax investments in preschool, health, K-12 academic achievement, cultural responsiveness, and post-secondary education completion;
- Desire and ability to devote five hours per month; and
- An updated CV.
For questions or more information about the LOC, please contact Mei-Li Thomas at [email protected] or (206) 573-2241.