How did we get here?
In 1988, the HIV/AIDS Omnibus bill passed the legislature to deal with the epidemic of AIDS. It mandated every school teach grades 5-12. Annually the schools presented condoms as a solution, defining all forms of sexual intercourse. This law is still in effect even after R90 and Initiative 1109 pass.
In 2005, after vigorous legislative sessions about Sex Education, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) created the 2005 guidelines to assuage the fears of legislators. The bill didn’t pass at that time.
In 2007, a regulatory Sex Education law passed, called the Healthy Youth Act. It required that any school teaching sexuality education would teach only approved programs with comprehensive sex education philosophy. Schools could write their own but it had to pass the scrutiny of OSPI and fit with their views of sexuality.
The Healthy Youth Act allowed the OSPI to change the expected K-12 Standards based on their interpretation of the Sexual Health Standards without discussion or permission from elected officials. They have had two major overhauls since 2007 and another is anticipated. These standards are approved by organizations like Advocates for Youth, Planned Parenthood, Sex Education Information Council of the US and is similar to the WHO of the United Nations.
Over the years, a reviewed list of curricula that would not take so much time for OSPI approval was created. They used a rubric to measure these curricula by their measure of acceptability. The rubric is here but the document of how or what makes that rubric appropriate is not available on the OSPI site. A list of curricula that had been reviewed is published on their website for the teachers/committees in the state.
In 2019, companion bills went to the House and the Senate to mandate ALL schools teach Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE). CSE has a philosophy that was revealed in hearings. The Senate bill 5395 was tabled.
In 2020, 5395 was still alive. Many testified against it, However, it passed. Referendum 90 successfully gathered signatures to roll back this legislation but if it doesn’t get approved by the legislature, it goes to the vote of the public. If not approved the law will look like this.
Consider the philosophical differences of CSE and Sexual Risk Avoidance education. Understanding the federal health agencies define the goal of “Optimal Health” regarding sexual health for adolescents.
How do we get out of this? These resources and links may beneficial to understand and utilize in your own communities.
Stop CSE Resources
Protect Washington Children -Has reviews of many Sex Ed materials
For a review of many of the approved curriculum
The War on Children
Sexualization using Comprehensive Sex Education is worldwide.
Author that exposed the fraud Kinsey and of CSE
Stop Comprehensive Sex Education
The Consequences of Sex Education
Informed Parents of Washington
SW Washington Parent’s Rights in Education