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


 

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...

WFIS Advocacy

The Washington State Legislative Session starts on January 8, 2024. It is a short or supplemental budget session that lasts 60 days instead of 105 and ends on March 7. The prefile date for bills is December 1. WFIS is working on changing Senate Bill 5048, which passed...

Mandatory Reporting

Several school leaders asked WFIS this summer for support in reviewing mandatory reporting obligations with teachers. There are essential components to child safety, including maintaining safe boundaries between teachers and students, defining appropriate online...

College in the High School update

Private school students were intentionally left out of the law that passed last year providing free college credits to all students in public, charter, or tribal schools that take College in the High School Classroom courses. According to university and college...

Clean Buildings Performance Standards

WFIS hosted Mike Patello, Christ the King's facilities manager, who provided perspective on his work to align the diocesan schools in Yakima with the Clean Buildings requirements. The good news is that Tier 1 schools (buildings over 50,000 sq ft.) have several years...

Election results for SBE private school position

The results of the 2023 Election were certified by the WSSDA’s Nominating Committee.  For details visit 2023 Comprehensive Election Results - SBE | ESDs | WSSDA. We congratulate and appreciate Jan Brown for serving a second term as private schools' voice on the State...

Crafting Licensing Rules for Boarding Schools

Boarding School Staff, WFIS, and others impacted by SB 5515, the law requiring DCYF to license boarding schools, were at the table this week with DCYF and the State Board to start the process. This was the first of many meetings about licensing rules for private...

Dual Credit Expansion

WFIS is working with a core group of private schools to change the law and allow students to receive free college credits when enrolling in college-in-the-high-school courses. Many students enrolled in dual credit courses cannot afford to pay for the college credits....

No Payment Needed for COVID-19 Booster Shot

Private insurance companies are mandated to cover the COVID-19 booster with no copay. The COVID-19 booster can be obtained at a doctor's office or an in-network pharmacy. Uninsured and underinsured adults can receive free COVID-19 boosters at CVS/Walgreens. The Bridge...

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.