Initiative 2081

A Parents’ Bill of Rights

Initiative Measure No. 2081 concerns parental rights relating to their children’s public school education.
This measure would provide certain rights to parents and guardians of public-school children, including rights to review instructional materials, inspect records, receive certain notifications, and opt out of certain activities, like sexual-health education.
Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

BALLOT SUMMARY

This measure would allow parents and guardians of public-school children to review instructional materials and inspect student records, including health and disciplinary records, upon request. It would require public schools to provide parents and guardians with certain notifications, including about medical services given and when students are taken off campus; access to calendars and certain policies; and written notice and opportunities to opt students out of comprehensive sexual-health education and answering certain surveys or assignments.

REBUILDING TRUST IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Many families have left the public education system in recent years. When schools closed during the pandemic, parents got an inside look at what was being taught to their children — and they didn’t necessarily like everything they saw. Senate Bill 5395 (2020) required schools to teach controversial sex education to all grades by the 2022-23 school year, and just this year, the House passed House Bill 2331 restricting local school board control over age-inappropriate educational materials. I-2081 would ensure parents may easily discover what their children are being taught and access their records.

OUR POSITION

  • This initiative would establish a Parents’ Bill of Rights relating to their children’s public-school education. It would make clear that parents are the primary stakeholders in their children’s upbringing.
  • Our state has a K-12 education crisis. House Republicans want to fix the K-12 education crisis.
  • Parents have a right to be informed by schools about what their children are experiencing, and this initiative ensures that parents receive this type of important notification.
  • Parents must continue to have more transparency about what is going on at school. Increased parental involvement is the key to better student outcomes, and this initiative gives parents greater visibility into the content of instructional materials used in the classroom.

I-2081 AT A GLANCE

INITIATIVE FILED: April 19, 2023
SIGNATURES SUBMITTED: 449,646
SIGNATURES REQUIRED: 324,516
DATE CERTIFIED: Jan. 18, 2024
HOUSE COMMITTEE: Education
SENATE COMMITTEE: Early Learning & K-12 Education
ACTION TAKEN: House Republicans made a motion for a public hearing on Jan. 22 that was rejected by all House Democrats, and then requested a hearing with a formal letter on Feb. 6. I-2081 received a hearing on Feb. 28 and was passed out of committee March. 1. The initiative was passed March 4 by the House (82-15) and Senate (49-0) and will become law June 6.

HOUSE & SENATE VOTES

COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

MOTION FOR HEARING

THE PROPOSED LAW

Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, makes a motion supporting a committee hearing for I-2081. Majority-party Democrats defeated the motion in a party-line vote. View vote count →

K-12 EDUCATION FACTS: 2024

Under Democrat control, K-12 spending has grown exponentially while student learning and performance has declined. Washington students deserve better.

K-12 EDUCATION FACTS: 2024

Under Democrat control, K-12 spending has grown exponentially while student learning and performance has declined. Washington students deserve better.

Note: The ballot title, which appears in the dark gray box, and the ballot summary are supplied by the Office of the Attorney General as the official language of this initiative to the Legislature. Signatures submitted source: Secretary of State