WSR 02-10-011

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[ Filed April 19, 2002, 4:39 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 392-122 WAC, Finance -- Categorical apportionment -- State funding to school districts for the learning assistance program (LAP) for the 2002-03 school year.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.150.290(1) and 28A.165.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules implement a change in state funding for the LAP program adopted in the 2002 supplemental operating budget (ESSB 6387). Effective for the 2002-03 school year, state funding is reduced by approximately 10% for most districts. A "hold-harmless" provision restores state funding for certain districts based on the percentage increase in federal Title I for the 2002-03 school year.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Early solicitation of public comments and recommendations respecting new, amended or repealed rules, and consideration of the comments and recommendations in the course of drafting rules.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending written comments to Rules Coordinator, Legal Services, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, fax (360) 753-4201, TDD (360) 664-3631. For telephone assistance contact Allen H. Jones, (360) 725-6300.

April 17, 2002

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

Washington State Code Reviser's Office