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


 

Biden Administration releases updated Title IX regulations

On April 19, the Biden Administration issued new regulations on implementing Title IX, the 1972 law barring discrimination on the basis of sex. Under the new rules, discrimination based on sex will be broadened to include sexual orientation, gender identity, sex...

Puget Sound Energy Accelerator Program

When a school enrolls in the Clean Buildings Accelerator program, it is placed in a training cohort and will complete the entire program for Tier 1 (50K+) and Tier 2 (20K+) buildings' energy compliance. Here are the upcoming Accelerator kickoff dates for Puget Sound...

Moving Schools to be Energy Efficient

WFIS strives to stay abreast of the latest opportunities and regulations related to the Clean Buildings Performance Standard that will be transforming all structures, utilities and use of resources in WA State in the years to come.  All schools are encouraged to have...

CCDEI Clock Hour bill is signed!

Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Governor Jay Inslee, and WFIS Executive Director Suzie Hanson were at the signing of the HB 1377 legislation, which expands the pool of providers who can offer cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion (CCDEI) clock...

EANS I Payments expected by April 15

EANS I schools received welcomed news that the Supplemental Budget included funding to repay schools for their full EANS I expenses. Before payments can be issued, the Governor needs to sign the supplemental budget within twenty days of the close of the legislative...

2024 Legislative Session Ends

Yesterday was the last day of the 2024 Legislative Session. Here are some bills that passed and others that did not. PASSED and on the way to the Governor's Desk: SB 5774, the bill to increase DCYF's capacity to provide timely fingerprinting. Early learning providers...

2024 Legislative Session, Week 8

Elimination of Licensing Fees- SB 6038 incorporated the request for no licensing fees for early learning programs and added it to this bill, which also temporarily expands the business and occupation tax exemption. It is waiting to get pulled onto the House Floor....

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...

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.