In 2013 the Legislature passed House Bill 1154, authorizing state-tribal education compact schools. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into state-tribal education compacts. The legislation exempts schools that are the subjects of state-tribal education compacts from all existing state statutes and rules regarding school districts and district boards of directors; establishes standards for teachers, staff, and curriculum; outlines admissions policies and school funding; and establishes reporting requirements on student enrollment. Compact schools are encouraged to implement early learning pilot programs. The Department of Early Learning is directed to form a working group to develop early learning pilot programs.
The Office of Native Education provides consultation to eligible federally recognized tribes and BIE schools located in Washington state who are interested in starting a STECs.
Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee (WSNAEAC)
The Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee (WSNAEAC) reconvened in March 2019 with the purpose of promoting leadership and the unique principles and effective practices of Native American education which helps to assure academic success and cultural integrity at the community, school, state, and tribal levels. The committee consists of 21 members nominated by tribes and tribal organizations to provide consultation with OSPI on matters and issues related to the well-being and achievement of AI/AN students who attend public, STECs and tribal schools in Washington state.