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


A most positive shift during the 2021-22 school year

This school year has been full of local, county, and state agency meetings for the WFIS staff.   WFIS Member school leaders have remained updated of this work through our weekly Member Zoom meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as our WFIS Member Weekly Update...

The future of equity in educator standards

What are your thoughts on the new law implemented by ESSB 5044, which will regulate professional learning on equity, cultural competency, and dismantling institutional racism for all public and private school educators?

Childcare Aware’s Deeann Puffert meeting with WFIS Early Learning Directors

Deeann Puffert, Chief Executive Officer of Childcare Aware of Washington met with the early learning directors who run programs connected to K12 private schools.  With over 250 early learning programs connected to private schools, WFIS’ role in providing direct access and advocacy for our programs is vital.  

FCC Approves Emergency Connectivity Fund

The $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECFP) passed as part of the latest COVID relief bill will be available for schools to purchase laptops, tablets, hotspots, and other forms of connectivity for students and teachers. Within the next two months, the FCC will open an initial 45-day application window allowing schools to seek funding for future purchases of approved services and devices.

EANS II: Additional Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools  (ARP-EANS)

Under the ARP EANS program, grants will be awarded by formula to each Governor with an approved application based on the State’s relative share of children ages 5-17 who are from families at or below 185 percent of the poverty level and enrolled in non-public schools, as determined by non-public school enrollment data from the U.S. Census

Early Learning: Success in the Legislature

The legislature passed a final operating budget with $770 million in early learning investments, which includes $400 million federal funding for childcare providers. The Fair Start for Kids Act will provide strong early learning system support for the youngest...

WFIS Advocacy Efforts Continue

WFIS Advocacy Efforts Continue

Each week of this unique session has generated an incredible amount of new information, bold ideas and conversations related to education policy and funding, as well as health and safety practices for reopening schools.  School leaders have come together through WFIS...

About Our Work


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 which 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.


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.
WFIS ensures that private schools are included in state educational programs that benefit students while guarding against the infringement of government mandated policy.
WFIS hosts and participates in events and community engagement opportunities at the local level which foster collaboration amongst schools, students and the greater community.