H-0415.1/91       _______________________________________________


                                  HOUSE BILL 1254



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Representatives Valle, Phillips, Brumsickle, Jacobsen, Riley, Basich and Anderson.


Read first time January 23, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Education\Appropriations.Providing for high school performing arts programs.

     AN ACT Relating to the performing arts; adding new sections to chapter 28A.300 RCW; creating a new section; and making an appropriation.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      The legislature finds that performing arts programs for high school students foster creativity, increase the student's level of self-esteem, promote cultural awareness, and produce other benefits for society and participating students.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      The summer performing arts grant program is hereby established.  The purpose of the grant program is to provide financial assistance to school districts for the operation of high school summer performing arts programs.  Performing arts programs funded by the grant program may include, but are not limited to, dance, drama, vocal performances, and orchestra.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      The superintendent of public instruction shall request proposals from school districts interested in conducting summer performing arts programs for high school students.  In awarding grants, the superintendent shall require, at a minimum, that:  (1) At least thirty percent of the program's cost be provided by the school district, participants, or other public and private sources; and (2) if tuition or other fees are to be paid by students, provisions be made to provide tuition waivers or a reduction in tuition for low-income students.  To assist the superintendent in making decisions regarding grant proposals, the superintendent shall form an advisory committee consisting of school district personnel and individuals who represent the major types of performing arts.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.      The sum of two hundred thousand dollars, is appropriated for the biennium ending June 30, 1993, from the general fund to the superintendent of public instruction for the purposes of section 3 of this act.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.      Sections 2 and 3 of this act are each added to chapter 28A.300 RCW.