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.

As Reported by House Committee On:


Title: An act relating to direct funding for rural satellite skill centers.

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 History:

Committee Activity:

Education: 3/25/19, 4/1/19 [DP].

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.


Majority Report: Do pass. Signed by 19 members: Representatives Santos, Chair; Dolan, Vice Chair; Paul, Vice Chair; Steele, Ranking Minority Member; McCaslin, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Volz, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Bergquist, Caldier, Callan, Corry, Harris, Kilduff, Kraft, Ortiz-Self, Rude, Stonier, Thai, Valdez and Ybarra.

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: Available.

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

Staff Summary of Public Testimony:

(In support) Spokane and Davenport schools have a partnership to run a satellite CTE campus in Davenport.  The schools are seeking additional funding and support for important CTE instruction.

Small, rural school districts are trying to provide as many options and opportunities as possible to meet the needs of their students.  In some cases, districts have engaged in meaningful partnerships with other districts to provide students with these options.  This bill will allow districts to continue to offer these programs, as funding for the programs was reduced through changes to local levy provisions.

The satellite skill center established in Davenport through a partnership with Spokane schools has revitalized student passion about learning.  The extra funding from this bill will help to maintain this program, as without it, the program's future is unclear.

The nursing program offered at the Davenport CTE campus is a good one that has motivated high school students.  Smaller programs offer certain benefits to students, including one-on-one training.  The program is important to students and the community.

(Opposed) None.

Persons Testifying: Senator Warnick, prime sponsor; Chad Prewitt, Davenport High School; Noelle Carstens, Davenport School District; and Sonya Falt.

Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: None.