Seattle (April 22, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement following the 8-0 vote by the City Council to approve the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Implementation and Evaluation Plan:
“Last year, when almost 70 percent of Seattle supported the Families Education Preschool and Promise Plan, Seattleites said loud and clear they wanted to nearly double the number of children in the Seattle Preschool Program, invest in K-12 youth so every child has access to opportunity, and expand the Seattle Promise program so public high school graduates can access two free years of college.
“Seattle can now do more to build pipelines to opportunity and create a more affordable future for Seattle’s young people. These investments in quality preschool, K-12 education, and college will build true economic opportunity.
“I’m incredibly thankful to voters and everyone who has committed to this investment in our young people and students. Councilmember González has been a tireless partner on the FEPP Implementation and Evaluation plan. I thank her for the work she and her team have put into reviewing the details of our investments.
“I look forward to signing this plan, as well as partnership agreements with Seattle Colleges and Seattle Public Schools, this week so we can keep delivering on the promises we’ve made to Seattle’s kids.”