On August 13, 1981. President Reagan signed into law the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act. Chapter II of the Act consolidates a variety of categorical Federal programs, effective October 1. 1982.
Pursuant to Chapter II, the governor of each state is required to establish an advisory committee to advise the state education agency on several matters: (1) priorities for its use of funds allocated to the state, including the percentage, not to exceed twenty percent, to be set aside for such use; (2) formulae for distribution of allocated funds, not less than eighty percent, to local school districts; and (3) planning, developing, implementing and evaluating state programs financed from the funds set aside for use by the state education agency.
The Federal decision to consolidate many education programs affects a variety of public and private interests in our state concerned with education services. Their views deserve careful consideration. In addition, implementation of the Federal statute should he coordinated with state "block grant" resources to bring about affective integration of all expenditures, regardless of source, and to enhance learning opportunities in our public schools.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Spellman, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby order that:
(1) An advisory committee be established, to be known as the Governor's Advisory Committee on Education Program Consolidation.
(2) The function of the Committee shall be to advise the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction on all matters within the purview of the Committee as contemplated by Chapter II-of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act, and to provide such additional advice as it deems appropriate to the Office of the Superintendent and the Governor, with respect to the coordinated and effective use of both block grant and consolidated funds, whether state or Federal, appropriated for elementary and secondary educational purposes.
(3) The Committee shall he composed of not more than fifteen persons appointed by the Governor for three-year terms, except that the terms of those first appointed shall be staggered with not more than five persons appointed for one year, not more than five for two years, and not more than five for three years, as determined by the Governor. The members shall be representative of one or more of the following: Public and private elementary school children; Classroom teachers; Parents of elementary and secondary school children; Local hoards of education; Local and regional school administrators, including principals and superintendents; Institutions of higher education; The state legislature; and Ethnic and racial groups in the state.
(4) The Governor shall name one of the members as Acting Chairperson to call the first meeting, at which tine the group will elect a chairperson to serve for a term of one year and such other officers as may be needed. Members of the Committee shall serve without salary, but shall be reimbursed for travel, lodging, and meals in accordance with state law and regulation. Such reimbursement and appropriate staff support will he provided by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which will use Federal funds wherever possible.
(5) The Committee shall serve until dissolved upon termination or repeal of Section 564(a) (2), Chapter II, of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act, or by independent action of the Governor.