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.

WFIS Legislative and Policy Updates


 

2024 Legislative Session, Week 6

EANS I Funding The Senate and House budgets will be out mid-February, and we will know then whether the Supplemental Budget includes the funds owed to private schools that participated in EANS I. As of now, the situation is uncertain, but we appreciate your continued...

2024 Legislative Session, Week 5

EANS I Funding The Senate and House budgets will be out mid-February, and we will know then whether the Supplemental Budget includes the funds owed to private schools who participated in EANS I. Thank you for your continued advocacy to legislators on the Ways &...

Health Support in Private Schools

Access to FREE Naloxone for Private Schools Private schools seeking naloxone doses can complete a request with the Narcan Community Donation Program run by Direct Relief and Emergent Biosolutions. Multi-State Licensure & Certification for School Nurses...

EANS I Update from OSPI

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction informed EANS I schools that they put a hold on making additional payments of EANS I funds while the supplemental budget is being developed during the 2024 legislative session. "If this solution is implemented, we...

WFIS Advocacy Day – Private school leaders at the Capitol

  The voice of private schools was a buzz around the Capitol campus on Tuesday as WFIS leaders met with more than a dozen legislators to discuss clock hour expansion, free dual credits for college in the classroom programs, preK programs being held in regular...

WFIS Advocacy Request

There are many bills this year that will impact private schools. We've listed several that could use some advocacy support from school leaders. Thank you for your participation. HB means the bill originated in the House, and SB means the bill originated in the Senate....

2024 Legislative Session, Week 2: Brrrrrr

As a WFIS member, your school is actively participating in the discussions and planning that guide private education in WA state. Your awareness and action on behalf of students and mission-based education strengthen the educational landscape and community. For any...

Cost of Care Survey sent this week – PLEASE COMPLETE

WFIS received word about the importance of the Cost of Care Survey sent to Early Learning Directors this week from our private school representative, Jen Sandvig. On Monday, Western Washington University sent a survey on behalf of DCYF regarding the Cost of Care. This...

FREE Naloxone distribution to high schools

DOH is offering all public high schools across the state naloxone, following legislation in 2022 that requires all high schools with more than 2000 students to retain this life-saving overdose medication at the school. SB 5804, filed last week, would expand the...

Clean Buildings for WA and now BEPS for Seattle

In December, the Seattle City Council, in a unanimous decision, passed Mayor Harrell's Building Emissions Performance Standard / BEPS legislation. This legislation, which applies to buildings over 20,000 square feet, sets ambitious carbon emissions targets to reach...

About Our Work


 

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

 

FEDERAL
WFIS will work to seamlessly apply the new ESSA policies and programs, including strengthened provisions for private school student inclusion in all districts within the state. Our organization also supports legislative efforts nationwide 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, fostering collaboration amongst schools, students, and the greater community.