WSR 97-15-073

PROPOSED RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[Filed July 16, 1997, 10:47 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-09-010.

Title of Rule: Chapter 392-121 WAC, Basic education funding.

Purpose: To allow claiming of basic education funding for part-time, home-based students enrolled in public schools for alternative education. To prescribe the minimum number of minutes in an hour of instruction. To clarify when sports activities may be claimed for basic education funding. To make other clarifications as needed and delete rules determined to be unnecessary.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.350, 28A.225.230.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To provide parents and students with another school program. Also clarification on what constitutes an hour of instruction and other clarification is needed to make the rules easier to interpret.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Richard M. Wilson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, 753-2298; Implementation: Thomas J. Case, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, 753-6708; and Enforcement: Michael L. Bigelow, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, 753-1718.

Name of Proponent: Superintendent of Public Instruction, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Purpose above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Purpose above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The rule will have a minor or negligible economic impact.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Wanamaker Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Old Capitol Building, 600 South Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, on August 26, 1997, at 10:15 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jim Rich, by August 12, 1997, TDD (360) 664-3631 or (360) 753-6733.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, Legal Services, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504, FAX (360) 753-4201, by August 25, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 27, 1997.

July 7, 1997

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-18-097, filed 9/6/95, effective 10/7/95)

WAC 392-121-107 Definition--Course of study. As used in this chapter, "course of study" means those activities for which students enrolled pursuant to chapters 180-16, 180-50, 180-51, 392-169 and 392-134 WAC may be counted as enrolled students for the purpose of full-time equivalent student enrollment counts.

(1) Course of study includes:

(a) Instruction - teaching/learning experiences conducted by the school district staff as directed by the administration and the board of directors of the school district, inclusive of intermissions for class changes, recess and teacher/parent-guardian conferences that are planned and scheduled by the district for the purpose of discussing students' educational needs or progress, and exclusive of time for meals.

(b) Alternative learning experience - alternative learning experience conducted by the school district in conformance with WAC 392-121-182.

(c) Contracting - with a higher education institution in conformance with WAC 392-121-183.

(d) National guard - participation in a national guard high school career training program for which credit is being given toward either required or elective high school credits pursuant to RCW 28A.305.170 and WAC 180-50-320. Such participation may be counted as a course of study only by the school district which the individual last attended.

(e) Ancillary service - any cocurricular service ((provided to)) or activity, any health care service or activity, and any other services or activities, for or in which kindergarten through twelfth grade part-time students, private school students and home-based students are served by ((the)) appropriate school district ((in conformance with chapter 392-134 WAC)) staff. ((Except for services to students with a disability and home/hospital students, only those services provided by school district staff on school grounds or facilities controlled by the school district can be counted as a course of study.)) The term shall include, but not be limited to, counseling, psychological services, testing, remedial instruction, speech and hearing therapy, health care services, and if such service is provided by the district, certificated contact time pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010 (4)(a) with students who are in a home-based instruction program. The term shall exclude all extracurricular activities and all other courses of study defined in this section. School districts report the actual number of student contact hours of ancillary service ((annually)) to the superintendent of public instruction.

(f) Work based learning - training provided pursuant to WAC 180-50-315. One hour per scheduled school day may be counted for not less than four hundred five hours of scheduled work experience.

(g) Running start - attendance at an institution of higher education pursuant to RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.400, chapter 392-169 WAC.

(h) Transition school - participation in the University of Washington's transition school and early entrance program pursuant to RCW 28A.185.040, and chapter 392-120 WAC. Such participation shall be reported by the University of Washington and shall not be reported by a school district.

(i) Technical college direct funding - enrollment at a technical college pursuant to RCW 28A.150.275 and WAC 392-121-187. Such participation shall be reported by the technical college and shall not be reported by a school district unless the technical college and the school district agree to have the school district report such enrollment.

(j) Contracting - with an agency pursuant to WAC 392-121-188.

(k) Contracting - with a public or nonpublic school agency for students with a disability in accordance with WAC ((392-171-496)) 392-172-222.

(2) Course of study does not include:

(a) Home-based instruction pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010(4): Education programs provided by a parent which do not meet the requirements of WAC 392-121-182 cannot be claimed for state funding;

(b) Private school instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.195 RCW;

(c) Adult education as defined in RCW 28B.50.030(12);

(d) Instruction provided to students who do not reside in Washington state (RCW 28A.225.260);

(e) Enrollment in state institutions, i.e., state operated group homes, county juvenile detention centers, state institutions for juvenile delinquents, and state residential habilitation centers;

(f) Instruction preparing a student for the general education development (GED) test if such instruction generates state or federal moneys for adult education;

(g) Enrollment in education centers;

(h) Enrollment in the Washington state school for the deaf and the Washington state school for the blind; ((or))

(i) Extracurricular ((and)) activities including but not limited to before and after school activities such as classes, sports and other activities offered outside the regular curriculum or for which credit is not earned; or

(j) Attendance at universities, colleges, community colleges, or technical colleges of students not earning high school credit.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-18-097, 392-121-107, filed 9/6/95, effective 10/7/95; 95-01-013, 392-121-107, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-16-002 (Order 18), 392-121-107, filed 7/19/90, effective 8/19/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-107, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-108 Definition--Enrollment exclusions. A person who qualifies for any of the exclusions set forth in this section shall not be counted as an enrolled student pursuant to WAC 392-121-106.

(1) Absences - except as provided in (a) and (b) of this subsection, a student whose consecutive days of absence from school exceed twenty school days shall not be counted as an enrolled student until attendance is resumed.

(a) If there is an agreement between the appropriate school official and a student's parent or guardian pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010 that the student's temporary absence is not deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student's educational progress, the absent student may be counted as an enrolled student for up to two monthly enrollment count dates as specified in WAC 392-121-122.

(b) A student receiving home and/or hospital service pursuant to WAC ((392-171-486)) 392-172-218 shall be counted as an enrolled student as provided in WAC 392-122-145.

(2) Dropouts - a student for whom the school district has received notification of dropping out of school by the student or the student's parent or guardian shall not be counted as an enrolled student until attendance is resumed.

(3) Transfers - a student who has transferred to another public or private school and for whom the school district has received notification of transfer from the school to which the student has transferred, from the student, or from the student's parent or guardian shall not be counted as an enrolled student unless the student reenrolls in the school district.

(4) Suspensions - a student who has been suspended from school pursuant to WAC 180-40-260, when the conditions of the suspension will cause the student to lose academic grades or credit, shall not be counted as an enrolled student until attendance is resumed.

(5) Expulsions - a student who has been expelled from all school subjects or classes by the school district pursuant to WAC 180-40-275 shall not be counted as an enrolled student; a student who has been partially expelled, such as from a single school subject or class, by the school district pursuant to WAC 180-40-275 may be considered a part-time enrolled student.

(6) Graduates - a student who has met the high school graduation requirements of chapter 180-51 WAC by the beginning of the school year.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-108, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-108, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-16-002 (Order 18), 392-121-108, filed 7/19/90, effective 8/19/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-108, filed 1/11/88.]

NEW SECTION

WAC 392-121-119 Enrollment count dates. As used in this chapter, "enrollment count dates" means the fourth school day of September and the first school day of each of the eight subsequent months of the school year for all school districts including districts which commence basic education programs prior to September 1st. Exceptions are limited to the following:

(1) In school districts where not every school or grade follows the same calendar of school days, the calendar of an individual school or an entire grade level within a school may determine the monthly enrollment count date for that school or grade level within the school.

(2) The nine count dates for running start enrollment shall be the first school day of each month of October through June.

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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-122 Definition--Full-time equivalent student. As used in this chapter, "full-time equivalent student" means each enrolled student in the school district as of the ((fourth school day following the commencement of the school year (September 1 through August 31) and/or as of the first school day of any of the subsequent eight months)) enrollment count date for at least the minimum number of hours set forth in subsection (1) of this section, inclusive of class periods and normal class change passing time, but exclusive of noon intermissions: Provided, That each hour counted shall contain at least 50 minutes of instruction or supervised study provided by appropriate instructional staff. The purposes of recognizing "50 minute hours" is to provide flexibility to school districts which utilize block periods of instruction so long as students are ultimately under the jurisdiction of school staff for the equivalent of 60 minute hours: Provided further, That the hours set forth below shall be construed as annual average hours for the purposes of compliance with this chapter((: Provided further, That for districts commencing basic education programs prior to September first, the first month enrollment count shall be made on the fourth school day in September)).

(1) The minimum hours for each grade are as follows:

(a) Kindergarten (full-day): 20 hours each week, or 4 hours (240 minutes) for 90 scheduled school days;

(b) Kindergarten (half-day): 10 hours each week, or 2 hours (120 minutes) each scheduled school day;

(c) Primary (grades 1 through 3): 20 hours each week, or 4 hours (240 minutes) each scheduled school day;

(d) Elementary (grades 4 through 6): 25 hours each week, or 5 hours (300 minutes) each scheduled school day;

(e) Secondary (grades 7 through 12): 25 hours each week, or 5 hours (300 minutes) each scheduled school day.

(2) A student enrolled for less than the minimum hours shown in subsection (1) of this section shall be counted as a partial full-time equivalent student equal to the student's hours of enrollment divided by the minimum hours for the student's grade level set forth in subsection (1) of this section.

(3) The full-time equivalent of a student's running start enrollment pursuant to RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.400 shall be determined pursuant to chapter 392-169 WAC. ((The nine count dates for running start enrollment shall be the months of October through June.)) If a running start student is enrolled both in high school courses provided by the school district and in running start courses provided by the college, the high school full-time equivalent and the running start full-time equivalent shall be determined separately.

(4) The full-time equivalent of University of Washington transition school students shall be determined pursuant to chapter 392-120 WAC.

(5) The full-time equivalent of a student's alternative learning experience shall be determined pursuant to WAC 392-121-182.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-122, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-122, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 50, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91)

WAC 392-121-133 Definition--Annual average full-time equivalent students. As used in this chapter, "annual average full-time equivalent students" means the sum of the following:

(1) The annual total of full-time equivalent students enrolled on the nine enrollment count dates of the school year and reported to the superintendent of public instruction pursuant to WAC 392-121-122 divided by nine;

(2) Annual hours of ancillary service to private school and home-based students reported pursuant to ((chapter 392-134)) WAC 392-121-107 divided by 900; and

(3) Annual hours of eligible ((summer)) enrollment in nonstandard school year programs pursuant to WAC 392-121-123 divided by 900.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-133, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-133, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-136 Limitation on enrollment counts. Enrollment counts pursuant to WAC 392-121-106 through 392-121-133 are subject to the following limitations:

(1) Except as provided in (a) and (b) of this subsection, no student, including a student enrolled in more than one school district, shall be counted as more than one full-time equivalent student on any count date or more than one annual average full-time equivalent student in any school year.

(a) School districts operating approved vocational skills center programs during the summer vacation months may claim additional full-time equivalent students based upon actual enrollment in such vocational skills centers on the first school day of July of each year. Each district operating an approved vocational skills center program shall be entitled to claim one annual average full-time equivalent student for each 900 hours of planned student enrollment for the summer term based upon the July enrollment data.

(b) Enrollment count limitations apply separately to a student's running start and high school enrollments.

(2) Running start enrollment counts are limited as provided in chapter 392-169 WAC and specifically as provided in WAC 392-169-060.

(3) The full-time equivalent reported for a five year old preschool student with a disability is limited as provided in WAC 392-121-137.

(4) No kindergarten student, including a student enrolled in more than one school district, shall be counted as more than one-half of an annual average full-time equivalent student in any school year.

(5) A student reported as full-time on Form SPI E-672 pursuant to WAC 392-122-275 for institutional education funding shall not be reported by a school district for basic education funding on that enrollment count date.

(6) A student reported as part-time on Form SPI E-672 shall not be reported by a school district for more than part-time basic education funding on that enrollment count date and the total enrollment reported by one or more school districts for basic education and on Form SPI E-672 must not exceed one full-time equivalent.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-136, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-136, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-136, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-137 Full-time equivalent enrollment of students with a disability. In determining the full-time equivalent enrollment of students reported as students with a disability pursuant to chapter ((392-171)) 392-172 WAC, the following rules apply:

(1) If the student is enrolled exclusively in an ungraded special education program, the student's grade level shall be based on the typical grade level of students of the same age (e.g., a student who is six years old at the beginning of the school year shall be counted as a first grader).

(2) If the student is enrolled in a grade level below the typical grade level of students of the same age, the school district shall have the option of counting the student in the grade enrolled or the typical grade level of students of the same age.

(3) A student with a disability who is five years old at the beginning of the school year may be counted as a kindergarten student only if the student is enrolled full time (twenty hours or more per week), or is enrolled in a kindergarten program and is provided special education services in addition to the kindergarten program.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-137, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-18-097, filed 9/6/95, effective 10/7/95)

WAC 392-121-182 Alternative learning experience requirements. ((An alternative learning experience may be counted as a course of study.)) An alternative learning experience is an individualized course of study ((for a student who is not home-based pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010(4), a private school student pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010 (1)(a), or an adult education student)).

(1) Purpose. This experience provides students and parents an additional public school option. It is intended for students who are unable to succeed in an instructional course of study as defined in WAC 392-121-017 (1)(a), or who have educational needs which cannot be satisfactorily met through another course of study. A public school alternative learning experience is not to be confused with a home-based instruction program even though portions of the alternative learning experience program may be provided by a parent. The essential difference between the two programs lies in the exercise of responsibility. In an alternative learning experience school district certificated staff establish student learning objectives and curriculum, monitor the education program, and evaluate student performance as set forth below. In a home-based instruction program the parent is wholly responsible for the instruction program pursuant to chapter 28A.200 RCW. While a student may participate part-time in both programs, any participation in the home-based instruction program cannot be claimed for state funding.

(2) Components. The alternative learning experience ((is)) must be provided in accordance with a written alternative learning experience plan that is implemented pursuant to the school district board's policy for alternative learning experiences. The school district board policy must have been adopted in a public meeting. The alternative learning experience ((is provided by the school district and)) may be conducted in part outside of the regular classroom. A portion of the alternative learning experience may be provided by the student's parent(s) or guardian under supervision by the school district. Such alternative learning experience may be counted as a course of study pursuant to WAC 392-121-107 if the ((following)) requirements of subsections (3) through (7) of this section are met:

(((1))) (3) School district board policies ((for alternative learning experiences -- Effective January 1, 1996,)). Each school district claiming basic education funding for alternative learning experiences shall have written policies on file that:

(a) Require a written plan for each student participating in an alternative learning experience that meets the minimum criteria pursuant to subsection (((2))) (4) of this section and is approved by a district official and any other person(s) as required or allowed by district policy;

(b) Require that all alternative learning experience curriculum and course requirements be ((approved by the school district)) consistent with the basic education goals under RCW 28A.150.210 and high school graduation requirements under chapter 180-51 WAC for grades 9 through 12;

(c) Describe how student performance will be supervised, evaluated, and recorded by school district staff;

(d) Require that each student's educational progress will be reviewed at least once during the first twenty school days and afterwards at least once every forty-five school days and that the results of each evaluation shall be communicated to the student and if the student is in grades K-8, the student's parent or guardian. If the school district determines that a student is not substantially successful in completing the learning activities described in the written alternative learning experience plan, a revised written plan may be implemented. Any revised written plan shall be designed to enable the student to be substantially successful in completing the learning activities described in the revised written plan within ninety school days from the date that the district first determines that the student is not substantially successful in completing the assigned learning activities included in the original written plan. If the school district determines that the student is still not substantially successful in completing their assigned learning activities after ninety school days from the date that the district first determines that the student is not substantially successful in completing the learning activities included in the original written plan, or sooner at the discretion of the school district, a plan to remove the student from the alternative program shall be devised. Such plan shall specify that the student shall be removed from the alternative program no later than the end of the current school year for a period of at least one school term. Students removed from the alternative program shall be offered the opportunity to enroll in another course of study as defined in WAC 392-121-107;

(e) A requirement that the alternative learning experience plan for each student and all records of enrollment, attendance, and total hours of participation in educational activities for the student are maintained and available for audit in the appropriate school building; and

(f) At the discretion of the school district board, the policy may describe responsibilities of the student's parent(s) or guardian including, but not limited to:

(i) Approval of the written alternative learning experience plan;

(ii) Responsibility for the parent(s) or guardian to provide or supervise a portion of the student's alternative learning experience if the parent(s) or guardian agrees; and

(iii) Requirements to meet with district staff for purposes of evaluating the student's performance and/or receiving instructions on assisting with the student's alternative learning experience. The school district board may also prescribe requirements for appointing a person to provide or supervise a portion of the student's alternative learning experience in the event the student's parent(s) or guardian will not or can not be a participant in the student's alternative learning experience;

(((2))) (4) A written plan. A written alternative learning experience plan ((is)) shall be developed ((-- Effective January 1, 1996, the alternative learning experience plan for a student shall be a written plan of instruction designed to meet the individual needs of the student, and shall be approved by a school district official and any other person(s) as required or allowed by school district policy. The written plan shall)) which includes, but is not ((be)) limited to, the following elements:

(a) A schedule of the duration of the program, including beginning and ending dates;

(b) A description of the learning standards to be met and learning activities the student is expected to successfully complete which includes all courses, classes, and/or services provided and credits to be awarded by the district for this student. Such description shall be sufficient in detail to guide and advise the student of the expectations;

(c) A description of the teaching component(s) of the program, including where and when teaching activities will be conducted by school district staff;

(d) A description of the responsibilities of the student including a requirement that if, on average, the student attends school less than five hours a week, the student shall meet in person once each week one-on-one with qualified district staff for an average monthly minimum of sixty minutes every five school days for instruction, review of the student's assignments, testing, and/or other learning activities. If the student is part-time home-based, the sixty minutes of one-on-one meeting with district staff must be in addition to the one hour or more of contact with a certificated person required by RCW 28A.225.010 (4)(a) for home-based instruction if such service is provided by the district. If more than one student meets with a qualified district staff member at one time, the required time is increased proportionately, for example, the requirement becomes one hundred twenty minutes if two 1.0 full-time equivalent students meet with the staff member at one time; and

(e) A reasonably accurate estimate of the average number of hours per month that the student will be engaged in learning activities to meet the requirements of the alternative learning experience plan. This estimate may be used in reporting enrollment in compliance with subsection (((3))) (5) of this section and must be based upon the criteria in subsection (((3))) (5)(a)(i) of this section;

(((3))) (5) Reporting enrollment ((-- Effective beginning with the 1995-96 school year)). The full-time equivalency of students enrolled in alternative learning experiences shall be determined based upon both (a) and (b) of this subsection as follows:

(a) Using the definition of a full-time equivalent student in WAC 392-121-122 and the number of hours that each student engages in learning activities as determined by either (a)(i) or (ii) of this subsection as follows:

(i) The total number of hours that the student engages in learning activities pursuant to the written alternative learning experience plan including:

(A) Those hours that meet the criteria in WAC 392-121-107 (1)(a);

(B) Those hours of work based learning calculated in accordance with WAC 392-121-107 (1)(f);

(C) Those hours of learning activity other than those specified in (a)(i)(A), (B) and (D) of this subsection that are provided by the student's parent(s) or guardian, or other person as designated by the written plan, under the direct supervision of the district's qualified instructional staff; and

(D) Those hours that the student participates in learning activities other than those specified in (a)(i)(A), (B) and (C) of this subsection. Such learning activity shall be pursuant to the student's alternative learning experience plan and if the student is in grades K-8, only includes those hours the student is supervised by the student's parent(s) or guardian or other person designated by the written alternative learning experience plan;

(ii) The district may use the estimated average hours per month the student is engaged in learning activities as stated in the alternative learning experience plan which meet the requirements of (a)(i) of this subsection: Provided, That for any count date on which the student has averaged, for the immediate two prior months during the current school year, a number of hours engaged in learning activities that differ by more than five hours a week from the alternative learning experience plan estimate pursuant to subsection (((2))) (4)(e) of this section, the district shall adjust the full-time equivalency of the student for such count date to the lesser of 1.0 or the full-time equivalency calculated using the two-month average;

(b) The district shall exclude students meeting the definition of enrollment exclusions in WAC 392-121-108 or students who have not met with appropriate district staff for twenty consecutive school days. Any such student shall not be counted as an enrolled student until the student has met with appropriate district staff and resumed participation in their alternative learning experience or participated in another course of study as defined in WAC 392-121-107;

(((4))) (6) Documentation required. ((--)) Effective with the 1995-96 school year the district shall keep on file in the appropriate school building and have available for audit, documentation of all hours of learning activities used to determine the student's full-time equivalency including documentation of the following:

(a) For students in grades K-8, written statements from the student's parent(s) or guardian or other person as designated by the written alternative learning experience plan. Such statements shall be submitted to the district on a monthly basis or more often at the discretion of the district and shall list those hours that the student has engaged in planned learning activities while not in the presence of district staff. Reported hours shall be used to determine the full-time equivalency of the student pursuant to subsection (((3))) (5) of this section; and

(b) For students in grades 9-12, the student shall submit to the district written statements on a monthly basis or more often at the discretion of the district. Such statements shall list those hours that the student has engaged in planned learning activities while not in the presence of district staff. Reported hours shall be used to determine the full-time equivalency of the student pursuant to subsection (((3))) (5) of this section;

(((5))) (7) Expenditure of revenue. Effective with the 1995-96 school year the school district shall either:

(a) Maintain a ratio of full-time equivalent certificated instructional staff serving the annual average full-time equivalent students reported for basic education funding pursuant to this section which is at least equal to the district's basic education funding ratio for the grade band of the students being reported for basic education funding pursuant to this section; or

(b) Separately account for, document, and have available for audit, evidence that the district expends during the school year at least seventy percent of the basic education entitlement claimed for students enrolled in alternative learning experiences during the school year. Such expenditures shall be direct expenditures in the following programs as defined in the Accounting Manual for Public School Districts in Washington State for the school year:

(i) Program 01, Basic Education; and/or

(ii) Program 31, Vocational, Basic, State; and/or

(iii) Program 45, Skills Center, Basic, State.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-18-097, 392-121-182, filed 9/6/95, effective 10/7/95; 95-01-013, 392-121-182, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-182, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-182, filed 1/11/88.]

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