Letter: Don’t let lawmakers make sex ed decisions for you


Last month, the governor signed ESSB 5395, the state-mandated, K-12 comprehensive sexual health education bill. Comprehensive Sexuality Education teaches more than the “birds and the bees.” It trains children to seek sexual pleasure at all ages — based on sexologist Dr. Alfred Kinsey’s philosophy and fraudulent research — and promotes the sexual orientation and gender identity world view.

These ideas contradict the beliefs of many communities in our state. Before this bill was passed, school districts had a choice whether or not to teach comprehensive sex ed and could meet the needs of their communities.

Now, however the state has done the following:

• Mandated graphic sex education starting in elementary school.

• Ordered school districts to “comprehensively” include sex ed in all curriculum — including math, social studies, science, business, and computer classes. Thus, even children who are opted out of the sex-ed class still get exposed to the ideas.

• Denied parents and local school boards the power to decide what shall be taught. Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats will enforce the use of a comprehensive sex ed curriculum in every public school in the state.

Parents, grandparents, and fellow citizens have a responsibility to protect our children from the inappropriate, ideology-based curriculum. This bill was passed late in the session with little opportunity for ordinary citizens to testify and no amendments were accepted.

Parents and their local school boards deserve a voice in controversial curriculum decisions. And many school districts cannot afford an expensive, unfunded mandate.

Please join Parents for Safe Schools, parentsforsafeschools.com, and give citizens a voice. Please sign petition R90 by June 1.

Order petitions from the website. Due to the quarantine, it’s OK to turn in a petition with only a few signatures. Share with family or friends if you can.

Let the people choose on Nov. 3, 2020, not OSPI bureaucrats, what children should be taught in schools.

Lorinda Newton


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