Education was the hot topic at last Friday’s Good Morning Greater Spokane breakfast. The program featured a panel of business and higher education leaders that talked about the current and future state of education, and the critical need for education funding, as the US competes with the rest of the world for skilled and qualified employees to support their businesses. GSI also officially announced its support for the Bond and Levy issues that will be on the ballot on February 10, 2015. Not only do the bonds and levies make up 20% of public school district budgets, and support things like important extracurricular activities, essential school supplies, staff, and infrastructure improvements, but it funds the most important asset we have to ensure we have a strong workforce to fill jobs in our community – and support the health of our local business community. What are Bonds and Levies? Bonds are needed for infrastructure, technology and building improvement. Levies fund the operation of our schools and include supplies, equipment, materials, and staff. Why are Bond and Levy Dollars Essential? Local taxes fund a significant portion of our K-12 education system. GSI understands that a well-rounded education today is critical for our community’s success. K-12 education is an essential ingredient to fueling the growth of our economy – one that will require new types of skills and knowledge. We invite you to get involved today! Learn more about the importance of bonds and levies and how they support our community. Please contact Alisha Benson, Vice President of Education and Workforce at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. For more information, visit www.EducationGrowsEconomies.com.
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