HB 1795 requires that School-community learning assistance program action plans be submitted annually to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The plans must detail partnerships with community-based organizations, educational service districts, and other local agencies that serve students who are significantly at risk of not being successful in school by reducing barriers to learning, increasing student engagement, and enhancing students’ readiness to learn in order to receive funds. Further, HB 1795 identifies that the plan must include a variety of information, including how the solutions to address the priority issues were developed with residents of the community.
The bill also requires that the plan include specific services, such as, before and after school programs, summer programs, expended learning opportunities, youth development programs, to name a few. The project’s leadership and decision making, as well as expected outcomes must also be included.
OSPI is directed to issue a biennial report providing an overview of how districts and schools are using community-based partners to improve academic and behavioral success, as well as lessons learned. The first report would be due Nov. 1, 2016, with subsequent reports due Nov. 1st of each even-numbered year thereafter.