Agencies and Committees

WFIS represents the interests of private schools on agency boards and working groups and serves as the official liaison organization for independent schools with OSPI and the Department of Early Learning.

WFIS Agency and Committee News


 

DEL is changing licensing rules and systems

DEL is taking on, with the help of stakeholders, the arduous task of rewriting the licensing WAC for early learning programs. Here is the latest version: https://www.del.wa.gov/government/proposed-aligned-standards Several of WFIS’ member schools have contacted us...

Increase in Working Connections Subsidy Rates

WFIS, along with many other organizations with a stake in early learning, is striving for an increase in state subsidy rates for low-income children needing support to attend preschool.   Our private schools are running high quality programs in rural, urban and...

Superintendent Chris Reykdal speaks at State board

On January 11, 2017 Superintendent Chris Reykdal spoke at the State Board of Education meeting attended by the Private School Board Member Judy Jennings and Suzie Hanson, ED of WFIS. In his presentation, SI Reykdal differentiated the roles of the State Board and those...

Subsidized Child Care Wait List

DEL is improving the protocol and supporting parents by being prepared and creating a more transparent system that will help families, and ultimately have a more positive outcome.  The notice below outlines these efforts. DEL administers Washington State’s...

Gaining Insight from the WIAA

The WFIS board heard from Ross Hjelseth, Superintendent of Life Christian Academy and the representative for private schools on the WIAA board.  Ross provided a clear summary of WIAA board process, discussions, and initiatives for the last school year and this current...

OSPI Safety Advisory Committee meeting postponed

OSPI announced earlier this week that their second statewide school safety planning meeting would be postponed.  Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor for the School Safety Center at OSPI, sent an email announcing that due to the risk of inclement weather they...

DEL releases ECEAP forecast report

DEL has released eligibility data regarding ECEAP, Washington’s state-funded prekindergarten program that prepares some of the state’s most vulnerable 3- and 4-year-old children for their primary education. Once ECEAP eligibility is established, children are...

Current Department of Early Learning Projects

DEL has submitted a budget package to the Governor that includes 300 million dollars in the next biennium for early learning:  this is a 50% growth. Most of this money is earmarked for the state early learning program for low-income children know as ECEAP (E-CAP). ...

Superintendent candidates share perspectives at Private Schools Day

Thinking about who to vote for filling the position of WA State Superintendent of Public Instruction?  Watch the video below to hear the candidates discuss their ideas related to the private school community. WFIS and PSESD hosted the annual Private Schools Day...

Congratulations new PEAB reps!

Much appreciation to our newly assigned Professional Education Advisory Board representatives for volunteering their time as on behalf of the WA private school community:

About our work


 

WFIS representatives work with State Agencies, including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), The Department of Early Learning (DEL), The Department of Health and others to advocate for the particular needs of private schools.

WFIS representatives at OSPI, DEL and on the State Board of Education communicate regularly with WFIS to help guide and change policy to reflect private school needs.

WFIS works directly with the executive directors of the accreditation organizations in Washington to protect the integrity of accreditation and our schools.   We call these leaders “Constituency Leaders” and rely on their in depth understanding of their schools to guide WFIS’ policy decisions.

WFIS is in Olympia during the legislative session, building relationships with Legislators and their staff, collaborating with lobbying organizations with similar goals, as well as reading and contributing to legislation to be sure private schools are considered when law is crafted and when it is passed.