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


 

CARES Act: emergency COVID-19 relief package and critical aid to WA state

CARES Act: emergency COVID-19 relief package and critical aid to WA state

The CARES Act is aimed at reducing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by authorizing $2.1 trillion in aid to support various sectors of the economy.  It is huge and therefore will take expert examination in the coming weeks to interpret the fine print details.  For now, here are a few key things included that directly relate to our State:

SAT Future Testing Opportunities

SAT Future Testing Opportunities

There is a lot of anxiety about how the Covid-19 crisis will affect the college application process. The College Board has conveyed the following:

Urgent: Senate CARES Act relevant to private schools

Urgent: Senate CARES Act relevant to private schools

WFIS Educators and Families - your advocacy effort is needed at this time! The big “Phase 3” Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is at a critical stage of consideration in Congress right now.  Currently there is a provision allowing for...

Student Privacy rights in coronavirus era

Student Privacy rights in coronavirus era

EducationDive March 24, 2020 by By Shawna De La Rosa Organizations team up to advise administrators on privacy rights in coronavirus era Dive Brief: The Future of Privacy Forum and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, are teaming up to help K-12 and higher...

DeVos announces broad flexibilities to cancel testing during Covid-19

Students impacted by school closures due to COVID-19 can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year.

Early Learning Advisory Council meeting February 4, 2020

The February Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting was held on Tuesday, February 4, online rather than in person.  This report is compiled by WFIS' ELAC Representative for Private Schools, Chelle Downey Magee, who is also the Director of Issaquah Montessori....

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.