Permanent Defense is currently working to Approve Referendum 90 (a statewide referendum that will decide the fate of Washington State’s new comprehensive sexual health education law). R-90 was filed on March 13th, 2020 by right wing activist Mindie Wirth and will appear on the November 2020 general election ballot,
R-90’s official ballot title, as formulated by the Attorney General’s office and finalized by Thurston County Superior Court order, is as follows:
The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5395 concerning comprehensive sexual health education.
This bill would require school districts to adopt or develop, consistent with state standards, comprehensive age-appropriate sexual health education, as defined, for all students, and excuse students if their parents request.
Should this measure be: ___Approved ___Rejected
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.
An “Approved” vote is a vote to keep the law that Referendum 90 seeks to overturn in place. A “Rejected” vote is a vote to repeal the law. NPI’s Permanent Defense project is fighting for an “Approved” outcome.