The Advocate

The Advocate is updated in the first week of every other month September through May, containing articles relating to private school issues, representation, and local-to-national news relevant to independent schools.

A Win for Private Schools

A Win for Private Schools

In a surprising move, Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, advocated for private schools to receive $2.75 billion as part of the American Rescue Plan. Schumer, motivated by the powerful New York City Orthodox Jewish Community lobby, immediately came under attack by fellow Democrats, teacher unions, and public school associations.

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Opinion: Washington’s students are losing in this power struggle

For months, teacher unions have touted safety concerns as the reason campuses can’t reopen, which has resulted in Washington ranking 45th for providing in-person instruction according to Burbio data, despite Washington placing fifth nationwide for the lowest rate of coronavirus cases. Seattle has the lowest Covid-19 hospitalization rate of any major U.S. city.

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OSPI-Kaiser plan still on track for educators to be vaccinated as a group

WFIS supports schools that wish to reach out locally to establish an employee vaccination relationship.  As the advocate for private schools, WFIS will continue to engage & advise leaders of the OSPI-Kaiser plan to develop systems that work for schools, to ensure all staff in a school receive the vaccination equitably and efficiently.  

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House Bill 1139 Lead Screening in Public and Private Schools

HB 1139  is scheduled for an executive session in the House Education Committee on Friday, February 12 at 10:00am.  WFIS is seeking to strike private schools from this bill.

Private schools care about the health and safety of students. However, this bill mandates the same expectation for private schools as public schools without access to the infrastructure or funding to support the requirements.

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Delay in vaccinating most Washington K-12 teachers, staff alarms legislators, union

Delay in vaccinating most Washington K-12 teachers, staff alarms legislators, union

Washington’s current guidance would result in an extended vaccination timeline for adults who work in schools. Teachers and other staff who are at least aged 50 could get their first dose in February if they are serving students in person… roughly 40% of the state’s 153,000 public school employees are in this age group. All younger employees aren’t eligible until April.

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