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Superintendent of Public Instruction

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 377.1 21,994,294 2,804,272 24,798,566

2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes

Federal Funding Adjustment 0.0 0 13,200 13,200
School Financial System Redesign 0.0 1,309 0 1,309
Open K-12 Education Resources 0.60 250 0 250
National History Day 0.50 150 0 150
Enrollment/Workload Adjustments 0.0 (23,013) (2,079) (25,092)
Federal Forest Deductible Revenues 0.0 10,680 0 10,680
Pupil Transportation 0.0 18,563 (54) 18,509
Safety Net Adjustments 0.0 4,619 199 4,818
Local Effort Assistance 0.0 (3,618) 0 (3,618)
National Board Bonus Costs 0.0 (21,250) 0 (21,250)
TBIP Assessments 0.0 1,078 0 1,078
Professional Development Days 0.0 29,626 89 29,715
Regionalization for Spokane Charter 0.0 160 0 160
2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes Total 1.1 18,554 11,355 29,909

2017-19 Maintenance Comp Changes

Pension and DRS Rate Changes 2,736 9 2,745
2017-19 Maintenance Comp Changes Total 0.0 2,736 9 2,745
Total Maintenance Changes 1.1 21,290 11,364 32,654
2017-19 Maintenance Level 378.2 22,015,584 2,815,636 24,831,220

2017-19 Policy Other Changes

Website ADA compliance 0.0 50 0 50
2017-19 Policy Other Changes Total 0.0 50 0 50
Total Policy Changes 0.0 50 0 50
2017-19 Policy Level 378.2 22,015,634 2,815,636 24,831,270

Policy Changes

Federal Funding Adjustment

The 2019 supplemental budget includes additional federal expenditure authority to allow OSPI to access anticipated increases in federal grant awards.

School Financial System Redesign

Funding for a school district financial system redesign was included in the 2017-19 information technology pool. The redesign is underway and will enable school districts to align accounting and reporting systems with the prototypical school model, align expenditures with revenues, and provide building level accounting for greater accountability. Funding in the IT pool was insufficient to fund all of the included projects. This item will fully fund training and change management as school districts learn to use the new system.

Open K-12 Education Resources

The 2018 Legislature passed House Bill 1561 to repeal the June 30, 2018 expiration date of the Open Educational Resources program at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), but program funding was inadvertently omitted from the 2018 supplemental budget. Funding is provided to continue the program. Grants to school districts will be available to develop open educational resources (OER) instructional materials and OSPI will be able to fund staff to administer the program.

National History Day

The 2018 Legislature approved House Bill 1896, which made it mandatory for every high school student to take a stand-alone civics education course. The legislation also supported professional development and authorized two demonstration sites for enhanced civics education, but funding for the program was inadvertently omitted from the 2018 supplemental budget. Funds are included to support staffing at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer the program and cover costs associated with workshops and History Day contests.

Website ADA compliance

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education determined that the current State Board of Education website contains barriers to access for persons with disabilities. Funding is provided to upgrade the existing public website with modern accessibility functionality.

Enrollment/Workload Adjustments

The 2019 supplemental budget reflects adjustments for the most recent forecast of the public school enrollment caseload for the 2018-19 school year. The general K-12 full-time equivalent enrollment is projected to be 6,565 lower than was anticipated in the 2018 supplemental budget.

Federal Forest Deductible Revenues

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction adopted a rule change in April 2018 allowing districts to retain federal forest revenues without incurring a reduction to state allocations. Funding is provided to provide districts with the state allocation they would not have previously received.

Pension and DRS Rate Changes

The 2019 supplemental budget includes an adjustment for employer contribution rate changes adopted by the Pension Funding Council after the implementation of the 2018 supplemental budget.

Pupil Transportation

Pupil transportation funding is largely based on prior year expenditures in the program. Additional funding in the 2019 supplemental budget is due to higher-than-anticipated final expenditures in the 2017-18 school year.

Safety Net Adjustments

The special education safety net is available for districts demonstrating extraordinary special education program costs exceeding state and federal funding allocations. The maintenance level budget reflects adjustments for safety net allocations based on actual experience of high cost student need in the 2017-18 school year which are reimbursed in fiscal year 2019.

Local Effort Assistance

Funding is reduced for Local Effort Assistance (LEA) payments in fiscal year 2019 that are anticipated to be lower than expected, due to updated assessed property valuations since the adoption of the 2018 supplemental budget.

National Board Bonus Costs

Washington offers a bonus to all eligible K-12 National Board-certified teachers. Bonuses are paid at the end of each school year in the following fiscal year. The number of teachers eligible for the National Board bonus for the 2017-18 school year is now expected to be much lower than was anticipated in the 2018 supplemental budget. Funding is reduced to reflect the change.

TBIP Assessments

Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (TBIP) assessment funding is provided due to increases in testing costs and the number of assessments administered.

Professional Development Days

The 2018 Legislature chose to delay the implementation of funding for professional development days. The Governor vetoed this budget language, but was not able to increase the approprations in the budget bill. Funding is provided for one professional development day for certificated instructional staff beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

Regionalization for Spokane Charter

Spokane charter school regionalization amounts were inadvertantly left out of the calculation of the statewide average used for compensation allocations. Funding provides the additional apportionment necessary to appropriately fund regionalization adjustments.