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RCW 28A.290.010

Quality education council — Purpose — Membership and staffing — Reports.

(1) The quality education council is created to recommend and inform the ongoing implementation by the legislature of an evolving program of basic education and the financing necessary to support such program. The council shall develop strategic recommendations on the program of basic education for the common schools. The council shall take into consideration the capacity report produced under RCW 28A.300.172 and the availability of data and progress of implementing the data systems required under RCW 28A.655.210. Any recommendations for modifications to the program of basic education shall be based on evidence that the programs effectively support student learning. The council shall update the statewide strategic recommendations every four years. The recommendations of the council are intended to:

     (a) Inform future educational policy and funding decisions of the legislature and governor;

     (b) Identify measurable goals and priorities for the educational system in Washington state for a ten-year time period, including the goals of basic education, ongoing strategies for coordinating statewide efforts to eliminate the achievement gap and reduce student dropout rates, and strategies to increase learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that are aligned with the STEM framework for action and accountability developed under RCW 28A.188.030; and

     (c) Enable the state of Washington to continue to implement an evolving program of basic education.

     (2) The council may request updates and progress reports from the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the state board of education, the professional educator standards board, and the department of early learning on the work of the agencies as well as educational working groups established by the legislature.

     (3) The chair of the council shall be selected from the councilmembers. The council shall be composed of the following members:

     (a) Four members of the house of representatives, with two members representing each of the major caucuses and appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

     (b) Four members of the senate, with two members representing each of the major caucuses and appointed by the president of the senate;

     (c) One representative each from the office of the governor, office of the superintendent of public instruction, state board of education, professional educator standards board, and department of early learning; and

     (d) One nonlegislative representative from the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee established under RCW 28A.300.136, to be selected by the members of the committee.

     (4) The council shall meet no more than four days a year.

     (5)(a) The council shall submit an initial report to the governor and the legislature by January 1, 2010, detailing its recommendations, including recommendations for resolving issues or decisions requiring legislative action during the 2010 legislative session, and recommendations for any funding necessary to continue development and implementation of chapter 548, Laws of 2009.

     (b) The initial report shall, at a minimum, include:

     (i) Consideration of how to establish a statewide beginning teacher mentoring and support system;

     (ii) Recommendations for a program of early learning for at-risk children;

     (iii) A recommended schedule for the concurrent phase-in of the changes to the instructional program of basic education and the implementation of the funding formulas and allocations to support the new instructional program of basic education as established under chapter 548, Laws of 2009. The phase-in schedule shall have full implementation completed by September 1, 2018; and

     (iv) A recommended schedule for phased-in implementation of the new distribution formula for allocating state funds to school districts for the transportation of students to and from school, with phase-in beginning no later than September 1, 2013.

     (6) The council shall submit a report to the legislature by January 1, 2012, detailing its recommendations for a comprehensive plan for a voluntary program of early learning. Before submitting the report, the council shall seek input from the early learning advisory council created in RCW 43.215.090.

     (7) The council shall submit a report to the governor and the legislature by December 1, 2010, that includes:

     (a) Recommendations for specific strategies, programs, and funding, including funding allocations through the funding distribution formula in RCW 28A.150.260, that are designed to close the achievement gap and increase the high school graduation rate in Washington public schools. The council shall consult with the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee and the building bridges work group in developing its recommendations; and

     (b) Recommendations for assuring adequate levels of state-funded classified staff to support essential school and district services.

     (8) The council shall be staffed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the office of financial management. Additional staff support shall be provided by the state entities with representatives on the council. Senate committee services and the house of representatives office of program research may provide additional staff support.     

     (9) Legislative members of the council shall serve without additional compensation but may be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 44.04.120 while attending sessions of the council or on official business authorized by the council. Nonlegislative members of the council may be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

[2013 2nd sp.s. c 25 § 7; 2011 1st sp.s. c 21 § 54. Prior: 2010 c 236 § 15; 2010 c 234 § 4; 2009 c 548 § 114.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2011 1st sp.s. c 21: See note following RCW 72.23.025.

     Intent -- 2010 c 234: See note following RCW 43.215.090.

     Effective date -- 2010 c 236 § 6: "Section 6 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [March 29, 2010]." [2010 c 236 § 20.]

     Intent -- 2009 c 548: See RCW 28A.150.1981.

     Finding -- 2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.410.270.

     Intent -- Finding -- 2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.305.130.