Here's an interesting discovery, courtesy of Dan Dempsey: RCW 42.56.040.
This State law requires local government agencies, such as school districts, to prominently display and make available for inspection any and all rules of procedure. The District must, by state law, provide written statements of the nature and requirements of all formal and informal procedures and statements of general policy or interpretations of general applicability formulated and adopted by the agency.
Think of a District procedure, especially one of those less transparent ones, such as Program Placement. According to state law, the District is required to have a written statement of the procedure and process used to determine program placement. I don't believe they do. I don't know how specific these statements need to be, but I can't imagine that the description currently provided is sufficient. Think of some of other more opaque decisions made by the District. Think of some of their more ill-defined processes - such as how a school gets a waiver from using the Board-adopted materials, how a student earns high school credit for a class taken in middle school, or how principal assignments are made.
Now check out this bit at the end:
"Except to the extent that he has actual and timely notice of the terms thereof, a person may not in any manner be required to resort to, or be adversely affected by, a matter required to be published or displayed and not so published or displayed."
Does this means that no principal can be re-assigned against their will unless the District has a written statement that describes how those assignments are made?
Dan has already sent the Board a letter following up on the implications of this law and asking for the procedures for how to submit evidence to the Board for their use in making a decision. He also asked for the procedure for how the District determines what is evidence for inclusion in the certified correct record of evidence.
I know the first written statement I want to see: How the Board responds to reports of policy violations and enforces policy.
My next request will be for the procedure the Board uses to review the Superintendnet's program placement decisions.