PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Establishing a processing fee for educator certificates and subsequent actions.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: ESHB 1449 (chapter 23, Laws of 2011).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed rules are to support the 2011 legislature in giving the office of superintendent of public instruction (OSPI) the authority to assess a processing fee for the certification of educator initial certification and subsequent actions. The legislature finds that the processing of certifications should be moved to an on-line system that allows educators to manage their certifications and provides better information to policymakers. The 2011 legislature also intends that these fees replace the state general fund support of the OSPI certification office.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state or federal agency will regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making; and passing of ESHB 1449 by the 2011 legislature.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. OSPI will hold a public hearing and provide information to certificated educator stakeholders.
Contact information for participants includes David Kinnunen, OSPI, Old Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington, David.Kinnunen@k12.wa.us or Kelci Karl-Robinson, OSPI, Old Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington, Kelci.Karl-Robinson@k12.wa.us.
Stakeholders include but are not limited to: WEA, PESB, ASWP, WASA and other certificated staff associations.
August 29, 2011
of Public Instruction