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


 

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...

Information about the Clean Buildings Act

Mike Patello, Facilities & Maintenance Manager Christ the King Parish, is the private school OSPI School Safety & Student Wellbeing representative. He shared some thoughts on the Clean Building Program. He will join the WFIS Zoom to answer questions on October...

IRS imposes moratorium on ERC claims to curb abuse

To curb fraudulent claims for the employee retention credit (ERC), the IRS has implemented an immediate moratorium on processing new claims that will extend until at least the end of 2023. The ERC was a refundable tax credit for businesses that paid workers during the...

Election for SBE board positions

The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) has taken over from OSPI the election process for the State Board of Education positions. This year, the election will be via email rather than a mailed paper ballot. Three open positions are to be filled - 1...

Clean Buildings- Accelerator Program

Stillwater Energy provides free support to Tier 1 and Tier 2 building owners through their Accelerator Programs in Seattle, Puget Sound, Snohomish, and Eastern WA. The program will train your Clean Buildings point of contact on data and reporting requirements, set...

Immunization Reminders

Every student enrolled/registered in school or childcare in Washington must have medically verified, up-to-date immunization records on file with the school in which they are enrolled/registering before the first day of school, 2023-2024.  This reminder is critical if...

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.