“Crisis in Education” A Call to Action – Gig Harbor
Learn How The Government Is Using Public Education To Indoctrinate Children, Separate Them From Their Parents & What You Can Do About It.
The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) has a mission, to unite a growing alliance of citizens to stand for the fundamental right of parents and grandparents to raise their children free from government indoctrination. We believe children belong to their families, not the state, the teachers, the teachers unions or any bureaucrat.
It’s time for parents and grandparents to learn about their rights and raise their voices! We can no longer be silent!
“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself-Not to speak is to speak.”
-Pastor Detrick Bonhoeffer, Germany 1937
- 8:30am - 9:00am
- Doors open, registration check in
- 9:00am - 9:10am
- Welcome and Introduction
- 9:10am - 11:30am
- Morning speakers
- 11:30am - 12:15pm
- 12:15pm - 3:00 pm
- Afternoon speakers and Q&A panel
Ernest J. ZarraScholar, Author
Ernest J. Zarra, III, Ph.D., is a Bible college graduate and holds five earned degrees, including the Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, as well as graduate degrees in biblical studies and apologetics. Ernie has been a Christian for five decades, taught over 40 years at all levels, written fifteen books, and is author of more than a dozen journal articles and several Op-Eds. His writings have appeared in RealClear Education, The National Association of Scholars, of which he is a member, and peer-reviewed professional journals of education.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Suzi, and is the father of two adult children and energetic grandchildren.
Jennifer Heine-WitheeEducation Awareness, Project Consultant, Family Policy Institute of WA
Jennifer is the Education Awareness, Project Consultant with the Family Policy Institute of Washington. Previously she served as the Director of Washington Parents’ Rights in Education, the first state chapter outside the state of Oregon. Jennifer has worked in coalition with several Washington grass roots organizations fighting against the sexual indoctrination of children in public schools. Her mission is to empower parents and enlighten communities through education, activation, and motivation. She has been interviewed numerous times for radio and publications, and is excited to be working with FPIW.
Jennifer has been married for 23 years and has 3 grown kids.
Jim WalshWA State Representative
Jim Walsh was elected in 2016 to the state House of Representatives and sworn into office on December 8 of that year. He represents the 19th District, which includes parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties. Jim is only the third Republican to represent the district since the 1940s.
Jim’s legislative priorities are creating family-wage jobs, adequately funding schools, and protecting taxpayers, property rights and gun rights. He wants to diversify the economies of his coastal communities and bring new opportunities to his constituents. Jim believes an effective local school system is vital to ensure a full economic recovery.
Jim is committed to bipartisanship and finding common-sense solutions in the Legislature. He is the ranking member on the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, assistant ranking member on both the Education and State Government and Tribal Relations committees, and serves as a member on the Transportation Committee.
Jim graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 1986. He formed a small publishing company in 1998 that he continues to operate today. Jim has also written columns for the Aberdeen Daily World newspaper, coached boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and held leadership roles with local and state Republican groups.
Jim lives in Aberdeen and has five children.
Liv FinneDirector Center for Education at the Washington Policy Center
Served as adjunct scholar focusing on education policy issues, authoring in-depth studies including An Overview of Public School Funding in Washington and Early Learning Proposals in Washington State.
Boston University School of Law, and Wellesley College, BA.
Author, WPC’s Education Reform Plan: Eight Practical Ways to Improve Public Schools, Learning Online: An Assessment of Online Public Education Programs, Review of Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Programs for Child Care Services, and more. Retired from civil litigation practice to raise two children, Liv is passionate about improving Washington’s public education system.
Sharon HanekThe Research Mom
Sharon Hanek is an accountant, community volunteer, wife, and mother who became active in the political arena when she became involved in education issues. Her “mother bear” instincts brought her into the political arena where she became known as “Research Mom”. She is the founder and director of “My Family My Choice” an organization dedicated to empowering families to advocate for their rights in the legislative arena.
In 2012 Sharon made headlines by being the first candidate to win a State-wide write-in campaign in her primary bid for the Office of State Treasurer. Although she did not win the general election, she went on to win her next race and became the Chair of the Pierce County Charter Review Commission.
Sharon has been active in her community and in the Republican Party. She has also been appointed to various commissions and boards in Pierce County including the Redistricting Commission. She currently serves as a Planning Commissioner and sits on the Executive Board of the Birth – 25 Children’s Committee.
Over the years, Sharon has been a guest on local and national radio programs. She continues to give presentations on education, activism, and the global agenda. Her “wins” include stopping universal home visitation laws, and rewriting the math standards taking Washington State from “F” rated standards to “A” rated standards. Sharon believes that citizens getting involved CAN change our state and is committed to helping others learn to be a strong voice in their community and in politics.