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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 schools provide all students the high-quality education they need to lead successful and productive lives. 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 30,155,588,000
Net change from current biennium 5,462,227,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 22.1% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
1,822,998,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Federal 1,665,220,460 1,822,998,000 1,874,140,000
9,499,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Private/Local 4,233,133 9,499,000 9,510,000
21,994,311,000 17,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 17,958,037,008 21,994,294,000 24,803,489,000
652,042,000 Education Legacy Trust Account - State 152,036,962 652,042,000 3,202,060,000
57,015,000 (1,000) WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State 11,487,356 57,016,000 107,659,000
1,572,000 Charter Schools Oversight Account - State 1,572,000 2,486,000
1,028,000 Dedicated Marijuana Acct - State 746,424 1,028,000 1,052,000
2,915,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 2,915,000 2,915,000
211,000 Performance Audits of Government - State 46,705 211,000 213,000
105,200,000 105,200,000 Dedicated McCleary Penalty Account - State
24,646,791,000 105,216,000 Total Appropriated Funds 19,791,808,048 24,541,575,000 30,003,524,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
(1,904,000) Educator Certification Processing A - Nonappropriated 3,517,486 1,904,000 2,043,000
Surplus/Donated Food Commod Revolv - Nonappropriated 27,833,382
1,770,000 1,770,000 Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated
(100,000) Financial Education Pub-Pri Partner - Nonappropriated 20,513 100,000 100,000
(147,734,000) Federal Food Service Revolving Acct - Nonappropriated 120,337,408 147,734,000 147,873,000
(2,048,000) Miscellaneous Program Account - Nonappropriated 3,845,335 2,048,000 2,048,000
1,770,000 (150,016,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 155,554,125 151,786,000 152,064,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
3,000,000 Common School Construction Account - Federal 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000
1,129,186,411 (46,232,589) State Building Construction Account - State 456,101,073 1,175,419,000 1,837,136,000
477,174,000 Common School Construction Account - State 54,609,064 477,174,000 478,552,000
4,632,843 4,632,843 School Constr & Skill Ctrs Bldg - State 624,998
1,613,993,254 (41,599,746) Total Appropriated Funds 514,335,136 1,655,593,000 2,318,688,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
State Office Administration 80,591,292 86,977,285 35,060,273 131,271,000 141,805,000
General Apportionment 7,000,550,493 7,600,762,622 3,820,338,510 9,530,593,000 10,229,356,000
Pupil Transportation 493,952,533 518,511,999 288,816,590 614,065,000 614,890,000
School Food Services 325,806,887 325,434,185 84,259,224 348,325,000 348,325,000
Special Education 1,148,223,796 1,247,378,213 631,775,144 1,662,141,000 1,811,628,000
Educational Service Districts 8,511,780 8,771,494 5,314,231 12,901,000 13,465,000
Levy Equalization 404,742,000 451,409,001 207,646,464 444,496,000 506,320,000
Elementary & Secondary School Impro 2,359,341 2,768,543 1,070,251 2,751,000 3,051,000
Institutional Education 13,717,556 14,169,026 7,950,586 17,831,000 19,288,000
Educ of Highly Capable Students 10,609,527 21,947,005 12,185,682 30,774,000 32,799,000
Education Reform 173,928,280 165,222,471 85,107,652 195,828,000 200,067,000
Transitional Bilingual Instruction 165,719,052 189,025,647 88,138,976 255,883,000 266,657,000
Learning Assistance Program 478,553,684 567,179,737 240,540,390 718,428,000 730,981,000
SPI-Charter Schools Apportionment 11,316,768 21,401,545 14,208,790 46,827,000 60,051,000
SPI-Charter School Commission 922,163 416,012 1,376,000 1,304,000
Compensation Adjustments 578,697,000 583,414,000
Annual Total 10,318,582,990 11,221,880,939 5,522,828,774 14,592,187,000 15,563,401,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
2,974,008,855 17.6% (3,174,819,078) (15.9%) 13,410,878,287 80.1%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 382.5 390.3 396.8 382.9 391.2