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June Work Session Recap

On June 17, 2020, the State Board of Education held a work session to discuss the long-term impacts of COVID-19 school building closures, related disruptions to learning, and the challenges with reopening schools during the ongoing public health crisis. Board members discussed policy options to support schools in reopening and to facilitate serving students in a more equitable and effective way. The discussion helped identify the top priority policy options for staff to develop into proposals for Board consideration at the July meeting. 

Session Recap: January

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Statutes and Rules

Statutes, Rules and Court Decisions


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The State Board of Education has the authority to creates rules for public and approved private schools in Washington state. Rules developed by SBE can be found in Title 180 WAC.

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Current Rulemaking Activity/Rulemaking Docket:

SBE is staff is currently working on this page. You can find the status of SBE rulemaking on the SBE Rulemaking Docket page. The Current Rulemaking Docket was last updated 10/7/20. You may examine SBE rulemaking publications in the Washington State Register (WSR) on the Legislature's website.

Upcoming public hearings: 

  • An in-person hearing will not be held on the proposed rules regarding Chapter 180-16 WAC (State Support of Public Schools) due to the extension of OPMA Governor’s Proclamation (20-28) until November 9. Members of the public are encouraged to participate online at 1:00 p.m. on October 28, 2020 due to COVID-19 health precautions by connecting via Zoom at

Recent filings: 

  • A CR-102 (proposal for permanent rules for WAC 180-16 (State support of public schools) has been filed with the Code Reviser on 9/4/20 and will be published as WSR 20-19-022 in the 10/7/20 WSR publication.
  • A CR-102 (proposal for permanent rules) for WAC 180-51 regarding high school graduation requirements, WAC 180-90 regarding private schools, and WAC 180-11 regarding emergency waivers in response to COVID-19 has been published as WSR 20-15-151 filed 7/22/20. A public hearing was held on 8/27/20 at 2:00 p.m. and SBE will consider adoption of permanent rules during its September 2020 board meeting.
  • A CR-101 (preproposal statement of inquiry) for WAC 180-08 regarding practice, procedure, and access to public records has been published as WSR 19-12-043 filed 5/30/19

If you'd like an Office of the Code Reviser certified copy (PDF) of the documents above, please contact us.

Legislative Priorities

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