Q: I already signed R90, doesn’t it stop all comprehensive sex-ed from being in schools?
A: R90 rolled back Senate Bill 5395 that mandated comprehensive sex education in every district.
Q: When voters Reject R90, will comprehensive sex education still be in the schools?
A: Yes, R90 only addresses the mandatory sex education in 5395. The Healthy Youth Act passed in 2007, that gave the Superintendent of Public Instruction the authority to control sex-ed content is still in place. That means the standards that guide content and the list of curricula that meet content requirements are still in place and school will be pressured to continue using them.
Q: When R90 goes into effect, can schools choose any curricula they want for sex education?
A: No. Schools will still be required to use OSPI reviewed curricula if they want to teach sex education. With I-1109 schools would be able to choose curricula based on community standards not OSPI.
Q: Are any of the parts of 5395 enforce now, such as schools must make their material available for parent viewing?
A: Since the referendum was certified with enough signatures, 5395 and all of its components are on hold until after the election in November.
Q: Does Initiative 1109 interfere with R90?
A: No it actually helps the legislature and educators know that parents and citizens want a different kind of sex education.
Q: Where can I go to collect signatures?
A: You can do a signing event, you can take a sheet on a walk around your neighborhood, take a sheet to your church or other gatherings. A few signatures here and there add up quickly! If you are going to do a signing event, first get permission from the property owner (business, church, etc.), then post it online to area groups, and put up signs on the street corner.
Q: Can I send in petitions that are not completely full?
A: Yes! But you can also gather signatures until December 20th.
Q: Do you have to be a registered voter to sign the petition?
A: Yes, but there is still time to go online and become a registered voter. Make sure that the signature is similar to the one used when the person registered to vote. If you have moved to a different address contact the elections office in that county to change your address.
Q: Can you sign if you are a felon?
A: Yes if you are no longer on DOC paper.