WFIS school leaders ventured to the Capitol for their return to in-person conversations with legislators. Part relationship building, part opportunity to comment on specific bills or issues, our advocacy day was impactful.

On Monday, the WFIS Board discussed this session’s key bills, the potential effects on private schools and students, and the overarching messages to share with elected officials.

Tuesday’s prescheduled meetings began with two large group discussions led by Reps. Skyler Rude and Tana Senn. We acknowledged the legislators’ ongoing support of students and private education and heard more about their priorities.

From there, smaller teams attended back-to-back meetings with elected officials. The three overarching messages:

  1. The importance of equitable opportunity for students regardless of attending public or private schools.
  2. Private schools are a critical component of Washington’s education landscape and must be included in education policy discussions.
  3. The pandemic proved that a public-private partnership is essential for students, families, and the greater community. Divisive rhetoric hurts families.

Representatives, Senators, and their Legislative Assistants listened and requested additional input after talking with school leaders.

The WFIS Board of Directors and friends who attended the Private School Advocacy Day helped further WFIS’ advocacy goals this session, establishing connections to legislators that will benefit private schools in years to come.