State of Washington
68th Legislature
2024 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Corry, Slatter, Stokesbary, Leavitt, and Jacobsen
Read first time 01/22/24.Referred to Committee on Appropriations.
AN ACT Relating to a pilot program eliminating college in the high school fees for private not-for-profit four-year institutions; adding a new section to chapter 28B.10 RCW; and providing an expiration date.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 28B.10 RCW to read as follows:
(1) Subject to the amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the student achievement council shall select three private, not-for-profit four-year institutions as defined in RCW 28B.92.030 and who serve rural or underserved communities to participate in a pilot program to offer college in the high school courses at no cost to the students enrolling in the courses.
(2) The student achievement council shall distribute funds to the pilot institutions at a rate of $300 per student, up to a maximum of $6,000 per college in the high school course administered by a pilot institution.
(3)(a) The three pilot institutions shall provide the following information to the student achievement council by November 1, 2025, and annually thereafter:
(i) College in the high school courses offered, including:
(A) The name of each course;
(B) The number of courses offered;
(C) The specific locations where the courses are taught; and
(D) Student enrollment information disaggregated by school districts and high schools;
(ii) Data on college in the high school student demographics;
(iii) Awards of postsecondary credit at the pilot institution; and
(iv) The academic performance of students taking the offered college in the high school courses.
(b) The student achievement council shall compile the information provided in (a) of this subsection and provide a report to the legislature by December 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, in compliance with RCW 43.01.036.
(4) As used in this section:
(a) "Course" means a class taught under a contract between an institution and a single high school teacher on an articulated subject in which the student is eligible to receive college credit.
(b) "High school" means a public school, as defined in RCW 28A.150.010, that serves students in any of grades nine through 12.
(5) This section expires December 31, 2028.
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