PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 392-121-200 through 392-121-299, Finance -- General apportionment -- Certificated instructional staff.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.150.290(1) and 28A.415.024.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rule revisions expand the criteria for recognizing degrees and credits on the salary schedule for certificated instructional staff, to also include degrees and credits earned from a college or university which is accredited by the distance education and training council (DETC), pursuant to the 2010 rule revisions of the professional educator standards board, per WAC 181-78A-010(7). These revisions also:
• Update the definition of basic education and institutional education programs;
• Clarify the definition of a certificated employee's highest degree level, and specifically, nondegreed employees;
• Provide other "housekeeping" updates.
Process for Developing New Rule: Early solicitation of public comments and recommendations respecting new, amended, or repealed rules, and consideration of the comments and recommendations in the course of drafting rules.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 contacting Ross Bunda, (360) 725-6308.
February 28, 2011