• K-3 class size reduction in high poverty schools - $33.6 million.  Despite the retroactive reductions, and ongoing elimination in K-4 class size enhancement funding, the Legislature proposes restoring assistance for elementary schools with greater than 50% of students receiving free and reduced price lunch, through funding an average reduction of 1 student per class.
  • State Takeover of K-12 health benefits - $1.2 million to the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA).  Funding is provided for HCA  to implement a consolidated statewide health benefit system for school and ESD employees for the 2013-14 school year.  The plan must be submitted to the Governor and Legislature by December 15, 2011.  Along with the implementation plan, the report shall include information and recommendations on subjects including the costs and benefits for the current system of providing school employee health benefits, options for voluntary or mandatory statewide participation, and methods to reduce inequities between individual and family coverage for participants.
  • Implement new funding formula - $25.0 million.  The state adopted the new prototypical schools formula for funding schools last year, and this item provides funding to hold harmless any district that would otherwise be negatively impacted by the formula change.
  • New Transportation Funding Formula - $5 million. Prior legislation implemented a new transportation funding formula to allocate funds to districts for student transportation.  This item funds the conversion to the new formula.
  • Washington IT Academy - $4 million. Funding is provided for the Microsoft Internet Academy which provides free educational software, as well as IT certification and software training opportunities for students and staff.
  • Full Day Kindergarten Phase-In - $5 million. Funding is provided to continue phasing in voluntary full-day kindergarten programs in high poverty schools.  Currently funding is provided to approximately 20% of kindergarten enrollment and the new funding will expand that to 21% of enrollment in the 2011-12 school year  and 22% of enrollment in 2012-13.
  • PASS Act Program - $3 million. Funding is provided to implement the Pay for Actual Student Success Program which establishes performance metrics for measuring extended graduation rates and promotes investment in four dropout prevention and intervention programs.
  • Teacher and Principal Evaluation Pilots - $3 million. Funding is provided to increase the number of school districts participating on a pilot basis to help develop and implement the new teacher and principal evaluation reforms initiated under E2SSB 6696 in 2010.