Chapter 392-330 WAC

Last Update: 5/23/94

STATE MAGNET SCHOOL PROGRAM

WAC Sections

392-330-010Authority.
392-330-020Purpose.
392-330-030Definitions.
392-330-040Policy.
392-330-050Eligibility.
392-330-060Information—Forms.
392-330-070Annual report.
392-330-080Advisory committee.


392-330-010
Authority.

The authority for this chapter is RCW 28A.150.290 which together with RCW 28A.150.370 authorizes the superintendent of public instruction to adopt rules for the establishment and administration of compensatory programs and other special programs.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-010, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-020
Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to set forth policies and procedures for the administration of the magnet school projects program, including the establishment of criteria for the award of grants to an eligible school district.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-020, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-030
Definitions.

The following terms are defined for purposes of this program as follows:
(1) "Minority" refers to those racial/ethnic categories as defined on the School Enrollment Report Form SPI P-105.
(2) "Eligible school district" means a school district which can demonstrate racial imbalance based on WAC 180-26-025 or is implementing a plan undertaken pursuant to a final order issued by a court of the United States, or a court of the state of Washington, or any other state agency or official of competent jurisdiction, and that requires the desegregation of children or faculty in the elementary and secondary schools of such agency; or without having been required to do so, has adopted and is implementing or will implement such a plan for the desegregation of children or faculty in such schools.
(3) "Feeder school" refers to a school from which students are drawn to attend a magnet school program.
(4) "Magnet school program" means a school, education center or program that offers a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different racial backgrounds and increasing the interaction among students or different social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-030, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-040
Policy.

The public policy goals of the magnet school projects are to:
(1) Reduce, eliminate, continue to assist in preventing racial imbalance or prevent minority group isolation within the period of the grant award or allocation period either in the magnet school or in a feeder school, as appropriate;
(2) Preclude increases in the minority enrollment, at the magnet school or at any feeder school, above the district-wide percentage of minority students at the grade levels corresponding to those served by that magnet school;
(3) Foster interaction among students of different social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds in classroom activities, extracurricular activities, or other activities in the magnet schools;
(4) Address the educational needs of the students who will be enrolled in the magnet schools;
(5) Encourage greater parental teacher and community involvement and decision making;
(6) Evaluate the effectiveness of the magnet school pilot project and whether funding should be continued, expanded or discontinued.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-040, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-050
Eligibility.

(1) Applicant eligibility for magnet school project funding shall be based on magnet program enrollment numbers and percentages for minority and nonminority group students, for each magnet school/program for which funding is sought and each feeder school for the:
(a) School year prior to the creation of each magnet school;
(b) School year in which the application is submitted and for each of the school years of the proposed grant cycle;
(c) District-wide enrollment numbers and percentages for minority group students in the local school district's schools, for grade levels involved in the applicants' magnet schools; and
(d) Calculation that, but for the establishment of a magnet pilot program, or for the continuation of a magnet pilot program or other student assignment efforts the enrollment of the school/program would be racially imbalanced as defined in WAC 180-26-025.
(2) Funds shall be awarded by the superintendent of public instruction or designee based on the ranking of the applicant districts evaluated on the following criteria:
(a) Degree of racial imbalance in the proposed project school, or for racial imbalance but for magnet and other student assignment efforts - Fifteen points;
(b) Nature of the proposed program and extent to which it meets goals set forth in WAC 392-330-040 - Forty-five points;
(c) Elements of the proposed program which support interaction among students of diverse minority and ethnic groups - Twenty-five points;
(d) Strength of the evaluation component for the pilot project - Ten points;
(e) Nature and extent of local resources committed to the project - Five points.
A district must receive a minimum of sixty-five points to be eligible for funding consideration.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-050, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-060
Information—Forms.

An eligible district's application shall be on forms provided by the superintendent of public instruction and shall contain at a minimum the following information:
(1)(a) Degree of racial imbalance in the proposed project school or for racial imbalance but for magnet and other student assignment efforts;
(b) Nature of the proposed program and the extent to which it meets the goals set forth in WAC 392-330-040; and
(c) Elements of the proposed program which support interaction among students of diverse minority and ethnic groups.
(2) The desired outcomes for each magnet program, including but not limited to, increased student achievement and desegregation of students;
(3) The design of the evaluation of the project that will produce quantifiable results which will be used to determine the success of the project in meeting the intended outcomes including but not limited to increased student achievement and desegregation of students;
(4) Identify efforts of the school district to collaborate with institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, civic organizations, municipal agencies and appropriate state agencies;
(5) Set forth the personnel plan including how personnel assigned to the magnet school program will be utilized to complete the tasks and achieve the project objectives;
(6) The district's expenditure plan for the application of funds allocated pursuant to this chapter; and
(7) Identify resources which the district may use to continue support for the magnet school activities when assistance under this program is no longer available.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-060, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-070
Annual report.

Each school district awarded magnet school funds shall submit an annual report to the superintendent of public instruction on or before July 1st. The report shall evaluate the components set forth in WAC 392-330-050 and include an assessment of how well the outcomes were achieved and the impact of the project on student desegregation. The report also shall provide an accounting of how the magnet school project funds were expended.
Failure to submit an annual report which evaluates the components set forth in WAC 392-330-050 shall disqualify the participating school district from receiving magnet school funds for the next school year.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-070, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]



392-330-080
Advisory committee.

Each school district participating in the magnet school project shall organize a local advisory committee. The purpose of the committee is to advise the school district in the development and operation of its magnet school program. The committee shall be comprised of not less than thirteen members and is to include representatives from the following groups: School principals, teachers, parents, municipal and community representatives, and students. This committee is to be representative of the local community and its gender and ethnic composition.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 28A.150.370. WSR 94-12-019 (Order 94-06), § 392-330-080, filed 5/23/94, effective 6/23/94.]