Washington State

House of Representatives

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Education Committee

ESSB 5874

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

Brief Description: Funding rural satellite skill centers.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Billig, Becker, Short, Fortunato, Rivers, Walsh, O'Ban, Bailey, Wilson, L., Holy, Wagoner and Wellman).

Brief Summary of Engrossed Substitute Bill

  • Requires rural satellite skill centers to report direct enrollment and receive direct funding if delineated requirements are met.

  • Authorizes core campus skill centers to receive, for administrative purposes, up to 7 percent of the funding provided to a partnered rural satellite skill center.

Hearing Date: 3/25/19

Staff: Ethan Moreno (786-7386).


Career and Technical Education.

Career and technical education, or CTE, is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with an exploration of career options and supports basic academic and life skills. Career and technical education instruction is provided in two general course classifications—exploratory and preparatory—both of which must comply with numerous standards established by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Career and technical education instruction is delivered through programs at middle and high schools, through approved online courses, and at skill centers that are regional CTE instructional venues. Skill centers are operated by a host school district and governed by an administrative council in accordance with a cooperative agreement of the participating school districts.

Underserved rural areas or high-density areas are authorized to partner with a skill center to create satellite programs or a branch campus. If a branch campus reaches sufficient enrollment to become self-sustaining, it may become a separate skill center or remain an extension of the founding skill center. Although not required, satellite and branch campus programs are encouraged to address high-demand fields.

Administrative rules adopted by the OSPI include definitions for satellite programs, branch campuses of skill centers, and related terms. As specified in rule:

Student Funding.

Students attending skill centers are funded for all classes at the skill center and the sending districts at a rate of up to 1.6 full-time equivalents (FTEs) or as determined in the omnibus appropriations act adopted by the Legislature. The OSPI develops procedures to ensure that the school district and the skill center report do not exceed the 1.6 FTE funding limit for a student. The OSPI also develops procedures for determining the appropriate share of the FTE enrollment count between the resident high school and skill center.

Skill Center Minor Repair and Maintenance Account.

The host district of a skill center with more than one participating district must maintain a separate minor repair and maintenance capital account for facilities constructed or renovated with state funding. Participating school districts must make annual deposits into the account to pay for future minor repair and maintenance costs of those facilities. The host district has authority to collect those deposits by charging participating districts an annual per-pupil facility fee.

Summary of Bill:

A rural satellite skill center must report direct enrollment and receive direct funding if:

A core campus skill center may receive, for administrative purposes, up to 7 percent of the funding provided to a partnered rural satellite skill center. Additionally, a core campus skill center may charge the annually required per-pupil facility fee related to minor repair and maintenance capital accounts as negotiated in the interdistrict cooperative agreement.

The term "rural," for purposes of the rural satellite skill center provisions, is defined as:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on March 21, 2019.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.