WSR 11-12-016

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed May 23, 2011, 2:35 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 11-04-040.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 180-16-210 Kindergarten through grade three students to classroom teacher ratio requirement.

Hearing Location(s): Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 8606 36th Avenue N.E., Marysville, WA 98270, on July 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 14, 2011.

Submit Written Comments to: Loy McColm, Washington State Board of Education (SBOE), P.O. Box 47206, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, e-mail loy.mccolm@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 586-2357, by July 7, 2011.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Loy McColm by July 7, 2011, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6027.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: SBOE is proposing repeal of WAC 180-16-210 due to changes to RCW 28A.150.260 that becomes effective September 1, 2011, as set forth in ESHB 2261, chapter 548, Laws of 2009. Specifically, the legislature is eliminating the requirement currently in state law providing that operation of a program approved by SBOE must include a finding that the ratio of students per classroom teacher in grades kindergarten through three is not greater than the ratio of students per classroom teacher in grades four and above for such district. Repeal of this rule is necessary to reflect this change in the law adopted by the legislature.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See above statement.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.220(4).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.150.260.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: SBOE, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Loy McColm, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, (360) 725-6027; Implementation and Enforcement: Kathe Taylor, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, (360) 725-6027.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not required.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not required.

May 18, 2011

Kathe Taylor

Interim Executive Director

OTS-3942.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 180-16-210 Kindergarten through grade three students to classroom teacher ratio requirement.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office