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State-Tribal Education Compact Schools (STECs)

In 2013 the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (E2 SHB) 1134: Authorizing state-tribal education compact schools. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into state-tribal education compacts. This act 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 (ONE) provides consultation to eligible Federally recognized tribes and BIE schools located in Washington state who are interested in starting a STECs.

STECs Guidance

ONE has developed STECs guidance for the application and operation of a STECs school.

STECs Application

2020-2021 Tribal Compact Application

Current STECs

Below are the Tribal Compact Schools currently operating in Washington state.

STECs Contact Information

State–Tribal Education Compact Schools are operated according to the terms of a state–tribal education compact. Find the contact information for your STEC!