No, they do not.
The word "students"is not defined in RCW 28A.150.205; however, the legal analysis provided to us suggests that "all students"enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade must be provided the required hours of instruction as set forth in RCW 28A.150.220(2).
When the Legislature prescribes a definition applicable to all public schools within a district, it is reasonable to presume it is intended to cover all students. This is consistent with other K-12 statutes governing the education system in this state. To cite one of many examples, RCW 28A.230.130(1), requiring public high schools to provide a program for "students"to meet minimum entrance requirements at baccalaureate granting institutions or to pursue a career or other opportunities, plainly requires that such program be provided to all students, not just some. Construing "students"in RCW 28A.150.205, defining "instructional hours"for basic education, to mean only some students would be inconsistent with this statutory framework.
Interpreting "students"in RCW 28A.150.205 to mean only "some students,"therefore, is inconsistent with the structure of basic education law, and negates the intent of the Legislature in increasing the number of instructional hours deemed needed to meet the goals of basic education.