Opposing controversial Senate Bill 5395: The comprehensive sexual education mandate
- Mandates that every public school provide comprehensive sex education in all grades by the 2022-23 school year.
- Mandates that every public school either select a curriculum from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) list or choose its own curriculum. If a school district decides to develop or select its own curriculum, it must consult with OSPI and use OSPI’s curriculum analysis tool to ensure compliance.
- Mandates that every public school report to OPSI what curriculum it is using.
House Republicans believe:
- Conversations about sexual education should start at home at a time when parents think it is appropriate. Like many parents, we believe the curriculum that will result from this bill will be too much, too soon for students.
- Democrats and OSPI have ignored the clear majority of Washingtonians who do not want this bill. (See survey from the Sexual Health Education Work Group).
- This bill takes away local control. Giving students accurate and informed resources is important. But these decisions should be made locally — with input from parents, teachers, administrators and school boards.
- Whether to have sexual education, and what’s in that curriculum, is currently decided at the local level — with input from parents. The language around curriculum compliance in this bill is above and beyond any kind of measure we take for any other subject area.
- The 3Rs (Rights, Respect, Responsibility) Curriculum. | This is the only approved curriculum for all grades and it is assumed in the fiscal note for Senate Bill 5395 that school districts adopt it. This is an example of what OSPI finds age-appropriate.
- OSPI convened a Sexual Health Education Work Group in 2019. In a survey, the group asked 10,092 people: Should comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate sexual health education be required for all students in grades K-12? More than 58 percent said: “No.”