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Supt of Public Instruction

State Constitution, Article III, Sections 1 and 22; RCW 28A.300

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is a constitutional officer elected by the state's voters for a four-year term. The state Constitution charges the Superintendent to supervise "all matters pertaining to the public schools, and perform such duties as may be prescribed by law."

Agency Mission

The Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) works to ensure that Washington’s public education system is centered on closing opportunity gaps and is characterized by high expectations for all students and educators.. To this end, SPI provides technical assistance in finance and curriculum matters to educational service districts and school districts; monitors and consults in such areas as basic education, the student testing program, curriculum development, special needs programs for special student populations, and educational technology; issues certificates for all teaching and support personnel for the K 12 system; administers the child nutrition, student transportation and state school construction programs; gathers and reports school information to state and federal authorities; prepares specifically requested reports each year; disseminates and coordinates the state's education reform efforts; provides the Legislature, Governor's Office, and other entities of state government with information for policymaking and budget preparation; implements state and federal laws pertaining to education by adopting rules and monitoring programs as required; coordinates the audit resolution process for audits of federal programs; apportions and distributes monies to local school districts; approves and monitors the budgets for the nine educational service districts (ESDs) and the 295 school districts; and advises county treasurers of estimated maximum levy capacity for individual school districts. SPI's responsibilities also include serving as a voting member of the State Board of Education; Professional Educator Standards Board; Washington State Charter School Commission; Paraeducator Board; and representing the interests and needs of education by serving on various state boards including: Board of Natural Resources, Washington State Work Force Training and Education Coordination Board, and Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (Board of Directors).
Request 32,921,139,000
Net change from current biennium 1,478,568,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 4.7% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
2,296,845,241 407,203,241 General Fund - Federal 1,698,984,224 1,889,642,000 1,858,813,000
9,510,000 General Fund - Private/Local 3,702,611 9,510,000 9,492,000
25,141,282,000 General Fund - State 21,944,551,443 25,141,282,000 27,289,882,000
(1,635,572,000) State Building Construction Account - State 1,635,572,000 1,895,245,000
3,000,000 3,000,000 Disaster Response Account - State
2,012,060,000 Education Legacy Trust Account - State 652,027,550 2,012,060,000 1,254,417,000
(500,883,000) Common School Construction Account - State 500,883,000 313,885,000
94,867,000 WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State 58,182,757 94,867,000 141,052,000
2,454,000 Charter Schools Oversight Account - State 1,047,335 2,454,000 3,273,000
2,988,000 Workforce Education Investment Acc - State 2,988,000 2,281,000
1,052,000 Dedicated Marijuana Acct - State 952,682 1,052,000 999,000
2,915,000 2,915,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 2,252,827
213,000 Performance Audits of Government - State 164,616 213,000 211,000
Dedicated McCleary Penalty Account - State 105,200,000
29,567,186,241 (1,723,336,759) Total Appropriated Funds 24,467,066,045 31,290,523,000 32,769,550,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
(2,035,000) Educator Certification Processing A - Nonappropriated 4,299,068 2,035,000 1,789,000
K-12 Criminal Background Check Acct - Nonappropriated 3,012,936 (43,000)
Surplus/Donated Food Commod Revolv - Nonappropriated 27,475,924
2,183,949 2,183,949 Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated 9,291,322
(100,000) Financial Education Pub-Pri Partner - Nonappropriated 23,150 100,000 100,000
(147,865,000) Federal Food Service Revolving Acct - Nonappropriated 115,446,503 147,865,000 147,695,000
(2,048,000) Miscellaneous Program Account - Nonappropriated 840,752 2,048,000 2,048,000
2,183,949 (149,864,051) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 160,389,654 152,048,000 151,589,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
3,840,000 3,840,000 Common School Construction Account - Federal 3,000,000
1,478,714,601 1,478,714,601 State Building Construction Account - State 579,767,194
477,167,193 477,167,193 Common School Construction Account - State 194,498,559
2,394,189 2,394,189 School Constr & Skill Ctrs Bldg - State 2,210,701
1,962,115,983 1,962,115,983 Total Appropriated Funds 779,476,454

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
State Office Administration 112,446,688 79,371,973 121,135,072 77,657,000 79,025,000
State Board of Education 1,443,515 452,615 1,622,000 1,611,000
Professional Educator Standards Brd 3,699,434 7,665,015 15,915,000 30,261,000
General Apportionment 9,237,909,529 9,778,594,702 4,545,771,094 10,718,821,000 10,497,303,000
Pupil Transportation 628,389,699 680,095,803 310,087,673 584,238,000 649,633,000
School Food Services 324,247,367 336,447,212 90,078,374 348,325,000 348,325,000
Special Education 1,538,366,721 1,706,863,462 813,610,707 1,758,295,000 1,806,728,000
Educational Service Districts 12,756,195 13,375,800 8,319,086 19,812,000 19,823,000
Levy Equalization 399,139,324 348,997,582 167,570,352 305,817,000 310,127,000
Elementary & Secondary School Impro 3,013,437 3,493,728 993,468 2,751,000 4,051,000
Institutional Education 14,509,700 15,961,460 8,865,534 16,728,000 17,419,000
Educ of Highly Capable Students 29,103,826 31,649,640 14,180,589 33,324,000 33,769,000
Education Reform 167,349,427 159,928,948 86,268,295 186,931,000 188,624,000
Grants and Pass-Through Funding 34,751,985 8,241,671 32,956,000 32,960,000
Transitional Bilingual Instruction 233,922,506 248,664,473 84,746,436 282,513,000 282,689,000
Learning Assistance Program 640,402,582 668,450,757 274,126,106 699,610,000 696,952,000
SPI-Charter Schools Apportionment 35,554,886 35,131,897 17,828,793 63,919,000 76,572,000
SPI-Charter School Commission 986,950 1,231,676 366,482 1,623,000 1,652,000
Compensation Adjustments 154,190,000 329,438,000
Annual Total 13,378,098,837 14,148,154,048 6,560,307,363 15,305,047,000 15,406,962,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
4,680,458,768 23.5% (3,891,518,365) (15.8%) 10,003,547,590 48.3%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 402.2 425.9 415.0 376.4 385.5