State of Washington
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WASHINGTON Referendum 90
Governor Jay Inslee , Washington signed into law mandatory K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), ESSB5395.
Referendum 90 will place ESSB5395 on the November ballot providing voters the right to repeal the destructive law, with a NO vote.
Ballot Measure Summary
The legislature enacted a law requiring all school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education, as defined, beginning in 2021-22 for grades 6-12 and in 2022-23 for grades K-5. Students must be excused from this program if parents so request. The curriculum must satisfy state standards. The content and frequency of providing comprehensive sexual health education would vary by grade level and must include affirmative consent and bystander training. K-3 instruction must be social-emotional learning.
Signatures Needed, ASAP! Please, Help!
Although the Covid-19 epidemic stay-at-home order is an obstacle, strategies are in place to provide volunteers with petitions. Because these petitions are printed in advance, petitioners are asked to order at least two (2) copies. Sign up ASAP to receive petitions by mail.
During this quarantine time, sign it and ask anyone you are in regular contact with to also sign it. Send it back: READ important instructions.
When the stay-at-home order is lifted, continue to collect signatures from friends, family, members of your church, or the parents of your children’s friends. Anyone who cares about the safety of kids wants this law repealed! PRIE is organizing signing drives all over the state and needs your help gathering signatures.
SB5395: CSE Legislation History
January 2019: SB 5395 was drafted at the request of Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools, Washington.
February 2019: Passed quietly by Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee rather. No-one was following SB5395, and therefore parents were unprepared.
March 12, 2019: House Education Committee held public hearing. Parents/citizens were ready. Hundreds attended showing opposition to mandated K-12 CSE dressed in green. Green shirted folks overwhelmed those in Planned Parenthood pink, filling 5 overflow rooms. Ninety-nine (99) signed up to testify. Result? Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos decided to send back to the Senate.
Over the summer, OSPI formed a Workgroup to study benefits of K-12 CSE curriculum. Workgroup consisted of 16 individuals from various education groups such as WA State School Directors’ Assoc., Assoc. of WA School Principals, WA Education Assoc., WA State Special Education Advisory, and the OSPI. Also, members of the WA Dept. of Health and WA State PTA. Ten of the sixteen (16) members were from organizations featuring published statements of support for CSE. One member is a FLASH and KNOW curricula co-author. Laurie Dils, sexual health educator from the OSPI, and former Planned Parenthood employee, was a committee member. Workgroup findings were 100% in agreement; all students benefit from K-12 CSE curriculum.
In addition, the Workgroup published a state-wide survey of public opinion. Results found of the 10,200+ respondents, 58% did not want mandated K-12 CSE. Respondents from the Puget Sound area represented 44% of the naysayers. View SURVEY HERE
January, 2020: SB 5395 once again, passed the by Senate, sent to the House. House Education Committee public hearing time was monopolized by the OSPI Workgroup reports. With only 30 minutes remaining for public testimony, Representatives were unable to hear testimony by two middle school students, about the negative effect of CSE.
Representative Michelle Caldier HD26, was disturbed there was no disagreement among the workgroup. Representative Chris Corry, HD14, referencing the obvious, a room full of people wearing green, noted the will of the people was blatantly ignored. In fact, of the 735 people signed-in to testify, 638 were in opposition. These numbers do not take into account many Slavic folks present, unable to testify because of a language barrier. In spite of the large opposition the Democrat-controlled House Education Committee passed SB 5395, returning it to the Senate for an executive vote.
Several amendments were presented, however only one passed, allowing parents to excuse their child from CSE. ESSB 5395 passed the Senate down party lines, then sent to the House for an executive vote. Again, over 200 amendments including pornography-risk instruction, abortion-consequence information, elimination of K-4 CSE, teacher opt-out, and bilingual curriculum material. All amendments were rejected. March 11, 2:00am, ESSB 5395 passed. Every Republican, and one Democrat voted “NO” stating, “I stand with parents,”. When the gavel fell, a frustrated mom proclaimed “Shame on you!”
Friday, March 13th, 3,000+ people ascended on the capitol steps urging Governor Inslee to veto ESSB 5395. Coincidentally, it was the same day the governor announced the corona virus stay-at-home order. Supportive Legislators joined the throng, talking about the thousands of letters received in opposition, compared to few in support. Protestors delivered a gift basket to Governor Inslee’s office with a selection of recommended books from the OSPI approved cse curricula including, “It’s Not the Stork”, “It’s Perfectly Normal” and “S.E.X. The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties.” Children attending the rally sent him white flowers representing innocence. At the same time, a similar opposition rally was held in Spokane with hundreds in attendance.
March 27th, 2020: In spite over a year opposition including hundreds of testimonies and thousands of letters and phone calls, Governor Jay Inslee signed ESSB 5395 into law.
Drag Queen Story Hour
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) features book reading for children ages 3-7, about gender change and sexuality. Drag Queens facilitate craft time with crowns and magic wands, and ends with dancing and “playing” with the children. The Story Hour website promotes “imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”
Fort Vancouver Regional Library welcomes DQSHs, a national American Library Association campaign. The library hosted 3 DQSH events featuring two drag queens, both of them biological women medically transitioned to men. “Clare” performs in adult drag shows dressed as Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, simulating anal sex with a cut out school bus. “Onalicious Mercury” proclaims on social media she is into pup play.
Drag queens have claim DQSH is the grooming of the next generation. The influence of activities such as DQSH has led to kids dressing in drag and performing as "Drag Kids".
In February, 2019 people began protesting the DQSHs hosted at Vancouver downtown library. A second event featuring drag queens and kings scantily dressed and dancing for tips, was held at Vancouver, Pride In The Park. See video below.
Since the first DQSH over 3000 signatures were gathered from folks pledging a NO vote for library funding unless it stops DQSHs. Library board refuses to heed requests, and defends program scolding citizens in opposition to DQSH events.
Feature this Drag Queen Story Hour at Pride In The Park, July 13, 2019, Vancouver, WA
More Info: Drag Queen Ed
Washington State Parents speaking to their school board about controversial sexuality curriculum.