PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
[Filed September 21, 2020, 3:26 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The purpose of this rule making on chapter 180-90 WAC is to review and improve the private school application process for state approval, including process and requirements as identified during the review. This rule making may also include changes as necessary to establish procedure for annual private school enrollment reporting, align rule to current policy or practice, correct references to law, implement recently passed legislation, improve readability of the rule, or make other changes identified during the review. This rule making is part of the state board of education's (SBE) routine review of rules under its authority.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.195.010
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is part of SBE's routine review of rules under its authority. SBE staff and private school representatives have identified potential improvements to the private school application process for state approval. These rules will improve quality, efficiency, and clarity of expectations for submission and review of private school applications.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of children, youth, and families approved of licensed childcare providers and residential programs that may also be private schools. The office of superintendent of public instruction has statutory duties to support private schools, particularly federal in support of private school participation in federal programs, teacher certification, services accessed by private schools at public schools, school safety including fingerprinting, and other responsibilities as identified by the legislature. SBE staff will engage with the governmental relations staff of these partner agencies to seek feedback on these rules.
Process for Developing New Rule: SBE will seek feedback on the rule making from partner agencies and educational advocacy organizations.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Parker Teed, 600 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-742-4037, fax 360-753-6712, email email@example.com, website www.sbe.wa.gov; or J. Lee Schultz, 600 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, fax 360-753-6712, email J.Lee.Schultz@k12.wa.us, website www.sbe.wa.gov.
September 21, 2020