The Seattle Times is reporting that the decision from the City on the use of $1M of a transportation fund set aside for low-income citizens will be used to pay for ORCA cards for all middle and high school students in Seattle students (no matter where they live from their school.)
This decision came largely because of the unwaivering efforts of the Rainier Beach students who made it a front and center issue from last summer on.
I will admit surprise that the $1M could cover so many students but it's a great thing to find out.
Across the district, about 20,000 students qualify for free-or-reduced cost meals (about 37% of SPS students.) About 120 students at RBHS have signed up with three-quarters of them eligible for the passes.
The Times reports that there are still details to be worked out.
One caveat - if a student with a pass is late or doesn't come to school, they lose their pass rights. (I would assume there is some grace period for this.)
Again, anyone who thinks that no one ever listens - either at SPS or City Hall - is wrong. Concerted efforts by an organized group really can create change but it sometimes takes numbers or time or both.
One other observation is that this is going to save the district transportation dollars - let's hope for a full accounting of that savings and where it goes.