Referendum 90 allows parental control of sex health education

Please support Referendum 90 on the November ballot. Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington state law (passed in March 2020) requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students.

This would expand the current Washington State Learning Standards and implement essential standards for schools to give students access to the comprehensive communication and social skills needed for healthy lifetimes, free of sexual abuse and assault. These standards simply require the inclusion of age-appropriate communication skills that students need to express and respect sexual consent, protect others as a bystander when they see bullying, and seek appropriate help to avoid sexual abuse or rape.

Local control remains with parents and school boards in each district. Parents are always encouraged to engage in home discussions of their family values, and they can opt their child out of school-based sex ed discussions.

Please keep our children safe from sexual abuse. Referendum 90 is supported by a broad-based coalition of pediatricians, educators and the students themselves via the Washington Student Association. Please vote “Approve” for the Referendum 90, Sex Education in Schools Measure.

Ann Beaulieu

Snohomish

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