Passed by the House April 18, 2019
  Yeas 94  Nays 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 10, 2019
  Yeas 46  Nays 1

President of the Senate
I, Bernard Dean, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1803 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk
Chief Clerk
Secretary of State
State of Washington


Passed Legislature - 2019 Regular Session
State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Orcutt and Santos
Read first time 01/31/19.Referred to Committee on Education.
AN ACT Relating to increasing the number of school districts that may be authorized to reduce the minimum number of required school days in a school year; amending RCW 28A.150.222; and declaring an emergency.
Sec. 1. RCW 28A.150.222 and 2018 c 177 s 503 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) In addition to waivers authorized under RCW 28A.300.750, the superintendent of public instruction, in accordance with the criteria in subsection (2) of this section and criteria adopted by the state board of education under subsection (3) of this section, may grant waivers of the requirement for a one hundred eighty-day school year under RCW 28A.150.220 to school districts that propose to operate one or more schools on a flexible calendar for purposes of economy and efficiency as provided in this section. The requirement under RCW 28A.150.220 that school districts offer minimum instructional hours may not be waived.
(2) A school district seeking a waiver under this section must submit an application to the superintendent of public instruction that includes:
(a) A proposed calendar for the school day and school year that demonstrates how the instructional hour requirement will be maintained;
(b) An explanation and estimate of the economies and efficiencies to be gained from compressing the instructional hours into fewer than one hundred eighty days;
(c) An explanation of how monetary savings from the proposal will be redirected to support student learning;
(d) A summary of comments received at one or more public hearings on the proposal and how concerns will be addressed;
(e) An explanation of the impact on students who rely upon free and reduced-price school child nutrition services and the impact on the ability of the child nutrition program to operate an economically independent program;
(f) An explanation of the impact on employees in education support positions and the ability to recruit and retain employees in education support positions;
(g) An explanation of the impact on students whose parents work during the missed school day; and
(h) Other information that the superintendent of public instruction may request to assure that the proposed flexible calendar will not adversely affect student learning.
(3) The state board of education shall adopt rules establishing the criteria to evaluate waiver requests under this section. A waiver may be effective for up to three years and may be renewed for subsequent periods of three or fewer years. After each school year in which a waiver has been granted under this section, the superintendent of public instruction must analyze empirical evidence to determine whether the reduction is affecting student learning. If the superintendent of public instruction determines that student learning is adversely affected, the school district must discontinue the flexible calendar as soon as possible but not later than the beginning of the next school year after the superintendent of public instruction's determination.
(4) The superintendent of public instruction may grant waivers authorized under this section to ((five))ten or fewer school districts with student populations of less than five hundred students. Of the ((five))ten waivers that may be granted, two must be reserved for districts with student populations of less than one hundred fifty students.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.
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