State-Tribal Education Compact Schools (STECs)
In 2013 the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (E2 SHB) 1154: 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.
ONE has developed STECs guidance for the application and operation of a STECs school.
Below are the Tribal Compact Schools currently operating in Washington state.