PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adoption of any additional rules, or amendments to any existing rules, necessary to implement the requirements imposed on the state board of education (SBE) in Initiative 1240 as codified in chapter 28A.710 RCW, Charter schools.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.710.090, 28A.710.100, 28A.710.110, 28A.710.120, 28A.710.130, 28A.710.140, [28A.710.]150, and 28A.710.210.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SBE has identified multiple provisions of chapter 28A.710 RCW, Charter schools, establishing duties for the SBE that require or may require adoption of rules to implement this law approved by the voters during the November 2012 general election. The SBE has recently adopted rules to implement some of these duties. In this filing we provide a preproposal statement of inquiry for rule making on any remaining sections of chapter 28A.710 RCW that are necessary to implement the board's duties, and for amendments to existing charter school rules that the board may decide to adopt in meeting its obligations under this law.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal and state agencies regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: SBE will solicit comment on proposed rules from school district boards of directors, education organizations, the office of superintendent of public instruction, the Washington charter school commission, and other interested parties. Information on SBE's duties under these and other provisions of chapter 28A.710 RCW (Initiative Measure No. 1240 has been posted on the agency's public web site). That information will be supplemented and updated as the SBE proceeds with rule making on a schedule to be determined by the agency.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jack Archer, Senior Policy Analyst, SBE, Old Capitol Building, Room 253, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, 2013