On Tuesday October 4, private school leaders met formally for a second time with Gil Mendoza from the OSPI to talk about specifics for the ombuds position required by the newly reauthorized ESSA.

The ombuds will officially start at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  However, OSPI is going to utilize this this year for the ombuds to get to know private schools, talk with leadership about the ways title funds are being used and help design and operationalize systems to improve the allocation for equitable services.

Private schools would like more transparency of the allocation of funds, the creation of guidelines for the expectation of how public and private schools work together to support students, and the expansion of communication between private schools, the School Districts and OSPI.