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


WA Clean Buildings Standards

WFIS member school have been inquiring about the WA Clean Building Standards soon to impact buildings 50,000 square feet (Tier 1) and shortly after that to apply to buildings 20,000 square feet and up. "Soon" is a relative term. For Tier I buildings, schools must...

CDC advisory committee & school vaccine schedule

Last week, the CDC advisory panel discussed the vaccine schedules for influenza, pneumococcal, meningococcal, respiratory syncytial virus, rotavirus, dengue. In addition, they discussed the adult immunization schedule & the child/adolescent immunization schedule...

Determining your building EUIt

WA Clean Buildings recently hosted their first webinar of an informational series. It covered determining your building’s energy use intensity target (EUIt), which is essential when pursuing compliance with HB 1257. The recording can be found on the Clean Buildings...

WA clean buildings and upgrades for schools

On March 25, 2022, Governor Inslee signed the Clean Buildings expansion bill into law. The expansion applies to buildings 20,000 square feet or larger, including schools. The first phase of this expansion will require reporting on benchmarks and implementing energy...

Non-profit status and Federal Financial Assistance

Two court case decisions changed the way the federal government considers nonprofits. They state that 501(c)3 status equates to organizations being federal assistance recipients. These cases were decided in Maryland and California. They will most likely be appealed....

WFIS recap of the State-CAPE’s Summer Institute

The State CAPE networks' annual Summer Institute took place in Colorado Springs this year. The presenters included Robert Enlow from EdChoice; Andy Lynch from North Star Marketing; Michael Bindis from Institute for Justice, and Andrew Neumann from Open Sky Education....

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?

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.