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


 

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...

Jumping into Leg Session work

WFIS is working with Washington's twelve boarding schools through DCYF's negotiated rule-making process to create laws for inspecting boarding schools. It is critical to keep the scope of this legislation concise. We aim to find efficiency and prevent duplication with...

Update on EANS I budgets in deficit

OSPI is currently in discussions with the US Department of Education and the Office of Financial Management (OFM) regarding the EANS I accounts of private schools. These accounts have been pushed into deficit due to legislative action that diverted funds to implement...

Confiscated vape products – potential issue for schools

Schools are a regulated business and must follow the Dangerous Waste Regulations for handling the disposal of confiscated vape products. If their waste exceeds the SQG threshold, they must follow the Special Requirements for Management of Dangerous Waste...

Welcome to the 2024 Legislative Session!

We hope all the leaders and staff at our WFIS member schools had a refreshing winter break. The 2024 WA state legislative session is set to begin next week. However, the elected officials have been in Olympia this week to familiarize themselves with their assigned...

Clean Buildings Accelerator Programs

WFIS attended an info session on the no-cost Seattle Clean Buildings Accelerator program for building owners and operators. The City of Seattle is developing an additional emission-based standard with its reporting requirements going into effect in 2031, which this...

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.