WSR 17-11-040
[Filed May 11, 2017, 12:45 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Updating office of superintendent of public instruction's (OSPI) complaint procedures for programs administered under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2016. These complaint procedures are outlined in chapter 392-168 WAC.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.300.070, 34.05.220 (1)(a).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESSA's amendments to ESEA last year will require OSPI to make several changes to chapter 392-168 WAC, which spells out the agency's process for investigating and resolving citizen complaints regarding federally funded programs under ESEA. Among other things, the changes would (1) update the terms and references in the current rule to align with ESEA as amended by ESSA, and (2) establish a new timeline for OSPI to investigate and resolve complaints regarding federally funded services provided to private school students (so-called equitable services).
Process for Developing New Rule: Early solicitation of public comments and recommendations respecting new, amended, or repealed rules, and consideration of the comments and recommendations in the course of drafting rules.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Paula Moore, Director, Title I, Part A/LAP/CPR, with a cc to Estela Garcia at, (360) 725-6100.
May 11, 2017
Chris P. S. Reykdal
State Superintendent of
Public Instruction