Work Groups and Additional Tasks of ESHB 2261
Funding Formula Technical Working Group
The Funding Formula Technical Working Group is responsible for developing details of the funding formulas used to allocate state funds to school districts, recommend an implementation schedule for phase-in of increases in programs and funding, and examining possible sources of revenue to support increases. The group is convened by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) with support and assistance from OSPI. Members of the group include representatives from the Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program Committee (LEAP), district financial managers, the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), the Washington Education Association (WEA), the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSDA), the Public School Employees of Washington (PSE), and other interested stakeholders with expertise in education finance. Their report is due to the Legislature by December 1, 2009.
Data Governance and K-12 Financial Data
The K-12 Data Governance group will be established within OSPI and their purpose will be to assist in the design and implementation of a data improvement system for financial, student, and educator data. They must:
- Identify critical research and policy questions.
- Identify reports and other information that should be made available on the internet.
- Create a comprehensive needs requirement document.
- Conduct a gap analysis.
- Focus on the financial and cost data that is necessary to support the new K-12 financial models and funding formulas.
- Define the operating rules and governance structure for K-12 data collections.
Any districts that can meet the new requirements must report the data. Legislative funding will establish which data subset is required. As part of the bill, the State Board of Education must work with the Education Data Center in the Office of Financial Management to determine the feasibility of using the prototypical school funding allocation model as a tool for both allocating money and reporting expenditures. OSPI is to submit reports to the Legislature by November 15, 2009, and September 1, 2010.
Levies and Local Funds Workgroup
The purpose of this workgroup is to develop a new system of supplemental school funding through local levies and levy equalization. The group is convened by the Office of Financial Management and OSPI and must implement the new supplemental funding system so no district suffers a decrease in funding from one school year to the next. Members of the group include the Department of Revenue, the Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program Committee, district financial managers, the Washington Association of School Business Officials, the Washington Education Association, the Washington Association of School Administrators, the Association of Washington School Principals, the Washington State School Directors’ Association, the Public School Employees of Washington, and other interested stakeholders with expertise in education finance. The group does not meet until July 2010 and must submit their report to the Legislature by December 1, 2011.
Beginning in July 2011, the compensation working group will begin the process of developing an enhanced, collaboratively designed salary allocation model. The new model should align educator development and certification with compensation. It must also:
- Provide a concurrent implementation schedule
- Reduce the number of tiers within the existing salary allocation model
- Account for regions of the state where it may be difficult to recruit and retain teachers
- Determine the role and types of bonuses available
- Provide a solution to accomplish salary equalization over a set number of years
- Include cost estimates, including a recognition that staff on the existing salary schedule have an option to be grandfathered permanently to the existing salary schedule.
- Conduct a comparative labor market analysis of school employee salaries and other compensation.
Members of this group include the Department of Personnel, the Professional Educator Standards Board, OSPI, the Washington Association of School Business Officials, the Washington Education Association, the Washington Association of School Administrators, the Association of Washington School Principals, the Washington State School Directors’ Association, the Public School Employees of Washington, and other interested stakeholders with expertise in education finance. This group must submit their report to the Legislature by December 1, 2012, and must include whether or not additional work is necessary.
Early Learning Advisory Council
Section 115 of ESHB 2261 called for an Early Learning Work Group to be created
and composed of representatives from Head Start and Early Childhood Education
and Assistance Program providers, school districts, Thrive by Five Washington,
and other stakeholders with expertise in early learning. This section was vetoed
by the Governor, and in its place, she asked the Department of Early Learning
and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a proposal that
serves all children from birth to five. This group will report to the QEC and
the Governor by December 1, 2009.
Professional Educator Standards Board
As part of ESHB 2261, the Professional Education Standards Board is tasked with adopting performance standards for effective teaching and adopting a definition of a master teacher by January 1, 2010. They must also update the Legislature on the status of Professional Certification assessment implementation. In addition to these tasks, they must also recommend a proposal for classroom-based evaluations of student-teacher effectiveness and recommend the length of time a residency certificate is valid. The PESB is to consult with the Washington Education Association, Washington Association of School Administrators, the Association of Washington School Principals, and the Washington State School Directors’ Association.
State Board of Education
ESHB 2261 requires the State Board of Education to continue their work on developing an Accountability Index and a proposal for
Core 24. They must also propose a system for voluntary state support and assistance. Once developed, the State Board must seek federal approval for the new accountability and support system in coordination with OSPI. The Board’s proposal is scheduled to be developed by December 1, 2009.