28A.150.390  <<  28A.150.392 >>   28A.150.400

RCW 28A.150.392

Special education funding—Safety net awards—Rules—Annual survey and report—Safety net oversight committee.

(1)(a) To the extent necessary, funds shall be made available for safety net awards for districts with demonstrated needs for special education funding beyond the amounts provided through the special education funding formula under RCW 28A.150.390.
(b) If the federal safety net awards based on the federal eligibility threshold exceed the federal appropriation in any fiscal year, then the superintendent shall expend all available federal discretionary funds necessary to meet this need.
(2) Safety net funds shall be awarded by the state safety net oversight committee subject to the following conditions and limitations:
(a) The committee shall award additional funds for districts that can convincingly demonstrate that all legitimate expenditures for special education exceed all available revenues from state funding formulas.
(b) In the determination of need, the committee shall consider additional available revenues from federal sources.
(c) Differences in program costs attributable to district philosophy, service delivery choice, or accounting practices are not a legitimate basis for safety net awards.
(d) In the determination of need, the committee shall require that districts demonstrate that they are maximizing their eligibility for all state revenues related to services for special education-eligible students and all federal revenues from federal impact aid, medicaid, and the individuals with disabilities education act-Part B and appropriate special projects. Awards associated with (e) and (f) of this subsection shall not exceed the total of a district's specific determination of need.
(e) The committee shall then consider the extraordinary high cost needs of one or more individual special education students. Differences in costs attributable to district philosophy, service delivery choice, or accounting practices are not a legitimate basis for safety net awards.
(f) Using criteria developed by the committee, the committee shall then consider extraordinary costs associated with communities that draw a larger number of families with children in need of special education services, which may include consideration of proximity to group homes, military bases, and regional hospitals. Safety net awards under this subsection (2)(f) shall be adjusted to reflect amounts awarded under (e) of this subsection.
(g) The maximum allowable indirect cost for calculating safety net eligibility may not exceed the federal restricted indirect cost rate for the district plus one percent.
(h) Safety net awards shall be adjusted based on the percent of potential medicaid eligible students billed as calculated by the superintendent of public instruction in accordance with chapter 318, Laws of 1999.
(i) Safety net awards must be adjusted for any audit findings or exceptions related to special education funding.
(3) The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt such rules and procedures as are necessary to administer the special education funding and safety net award process. By September 1, 2019, the superintendent shall review and revise the rules to achieve full and complete implementation of the requirements of this subsection and subsection (4) of this section. Before revising any standards, procedures, or rules, the superintendent shall consult with the office of financial management and the fiscal committees of the legislature. In adopting and revising the rules, the superintendent shall ensure the application process to access safety net funding is streamlined, timelines for submission are not in conflict, feedback to school districts is timely and provides sufficient information to allow school districts to understand how to correct any deficiencies in a safety net application, and that there is consistency between awards approved by school district and by application period. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall also provide technical assistance to school districts in preparing and submitting special education safety net applications.
(4) On an annual basis, the superintendent shall survey districts regarding their satisfaction with the safety net process and consider feedback from districts to improve the safety net process. Each year by December 1st, the superintendent shall prepare and submit a report to the office of financial management and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the legislature that summarizes the survey results and those changes made to the safety net process as a result of the school district feedback.
(5) The safety net oversight committee appointed by the superintendent of public instruction shall consist of:
(a) One staff member from the office of the superintendent of public instruction;
(b) Staff of the office of the state auditor who shall be nonvoting members of the committee; and
(c) One or more representatives from school districts or educational service districts knowledgeable of special education programs and funding.
NOTES:
Special education safety net study2017 3rd sp.s. c 13: "(1) To ensure that the special education safety net process results in sufficient funding for school districts with demonstrated needs for funding in excess of state and federal funding otherwise provided, the superintendent of public instruction shall review the current safety net process. The superintendent must make recommendations on possible adjustments to improve the safety net process and to evaluate the appropriate funding level to meet the safety net's purpose.
(2) The superintendent of public instruction must consider and make recommendations on the following:
(a) Whether fiscal components in addition to or in place of the fiscal components of community impact and high need students should be considered by the safety net committee when making safety net awards, including:
(i) Should a school district be able to access the safety net when a school district's enrollment of students with disabilities exceeds the statutory limit of thirteen and five-tenths percent;
(ii) Should the definition and the limitation on the amount provided for high need students be adjusted; and
(iii) Should a district have access to the safety net when it has disproportionate concentrations of students with higher than statewide average costs, but the students do not meet the threshold for high need awards; and
(b) How the process can be improved, including how the superintendent can best provide technical assistance to school districts that file incomplete applications, and how the timeline can be changed to provide sufficient time for a district to resubmit an incomplete application.
(3) The superintendent of public instruction may consider other topics deemed relevant by the superintendent that achieve the goals of subsection (1) of this section.
(4) The superintendent of public instruction must submit the recommendations to the governor, and the legislative education and operating budget committees by November 1, 2018.
(5) This section expires August 1, 2019." [ 2017 3rd sp.s. c 13 § 408.]
Effective date2017 3rd sp.s. c 13 §§ 401-413: See note following RCW 28A.150.200.
Intent2017 3rd sp.s. c 13: See note following RCW 28A.150.410.
Effective date2009 c 548 §§ 101-110 and 701-710: See note following RCW 28A.150.200.
Intent2009 c 548: See RCW 28A.150.1981.
Finding2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.410.270.
IntentFinding2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.305.130.
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