Legislative and Policy Advocacy

We work with legislators and policy makers to ensure that legislation in Olympia affecting schools and education is crafted with the particular needs of private and independent schools in mind.

Legislation and Policy Updates


 

WACs: Negotiated Rule Making Process

If you have an opinion on which DEL rules are burdensome, repetitive, or a deal-breaker, please contact WFIS today. NOW IS THE TIME WE CAN CHANGE THE WACS.

Arizona Greatly Expands ESA Program

– from May 2017 CAPE Outlook Arizona Governor Doug Ducey made history April 6 when he signed legislation that will eventually extend eligibility for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) to every public school student in the state. The pool of eligible...

Policy issues: Early learning facilities funding

Early learning facilities bills HB 1777 and its companion, SB 5753, continue to advance in the legislative process.  The bills offer grants to programs for renovations or new construction.  There is currently a lack of classroom space for early learning programs due...

Federal Letter on Sex-Segregated School Facilities 

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice letter released on January 22, 2017 removes previous guidelines concerning access to sex-segregated facilities based upon gender identification. “The new letter has no effect on the vast majority of...

Legislative Update – Bills to Watch

HB 1982 – Concerning school safety.  This bill provides Inclusion of private schools in communication and mapping for school safety funding.  WFIS members are requesting for the hearing to be next week.  Contact your representative by phone or email to tell them...

With WFIS’ support, the Governor declares School Choice Week

Yesterday Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed the School Choice Washington Proclamation outlining that continuing to improve the quality of education is an issue of importance to our state leaders. The decree cites Washington’s “many different...

Foxx Named Chairwoman of House Education Committee

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have selected Rep. Virginia Foxx (RNC) as chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress. “My colleagues have entrusted me with a significant responsibility,” said Foxx, who...

WFIS Advocacy Agenda 2017

The Board shares its Advocacy Agenda here with WFIS Members and asks for comments or questions to be sent to Shanson@wfis.org.  We appreciate member’s guidance and thoughts as we move forward. Thank you, in advance, for your participation. Suzie Hanson, Executive...

Donald Trump Chooses Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

CAPE Outlook December 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos as his nominee for education secretary, prompting widespread praise from advocates of school choice and signaling a likely sea change at the U.S. Department of Education. Mrs. DeVos...

MPPI: Montessori Public Policy Initiative

Congratulations to WFIS board member, Charis Sharp, on her new advocacy role with the Montessori Public Policy Initiative.  She is now the Interim Director of MPPI.  Montessori Schools will benefit greatly from her vast experience advocating for education, influencing...

About Our Work


 

WFIS brings together uniquely varied educational institutions to strengthen educational quality in Washington, while serving as the advocate and voice of independent schools. The private, independently funded school community of Washington State is comprised of over 500 approved schools serving a richly diverse population of more than 85,000 students. This diversity is reflected in the full spectrum of economic, cultural, familial, educational and religious traits of our enrolled families; families whose collective dual sacrifice as responsible tax payers and tuition contributor’s saves WA state over $800,000,000 annually.

WFIS is the only statewide forum for Washington’s non-public school community. We participate in all levels of collective educational dialogs to assure our schools’ input and perspective are utilized in educational policy agenda, while advocating for private school student access to all programs designed to enhance the quality of education in our state. In addition, we seek resolution in cases where local policy application may result in double standards or inequities.

FEDERAL -WFIS will work for seamless application of the new ESSA policies and programs which include strengthened provisions for private school student inclusion in all districts within the state. Our organization also supports legislative efforts around the country to provide school choice to all children.
 
STATE – WFIS ensures that private schools are included in state educational programs that benefit students while guarding against the infringement of government mandated policy.
 
LOCAL – WFIS hosts and participates in events and community engagement opportunities at the local level which foster collaboration amongst schools, students and the greater community.