Referendum 90 would mandate “age-appropriate” sexual health education to be taught to students in every grade in Washington’s public schools.
SEATTLE — Ballots will soon arrive in mailboxes around Washington state and one controversial issue voters will decide on is Referendum 90, which involves the future of sex education in schools.
In June, it was a coalition of parents who took back control over the future of sex education in schools, gathering enough signatures to put the decision in the voter’s hands.
“It was a state record during a global pandemic,” Whitney Holz with Informed Parents of Washington explained.
Initially, the legislature passed guidelines that Gov. Jay Inslee signed in March, mandating every public school in the state to provide “age-appropriate” comprehensive sexual health education for every grade by the 2022-23 school year.
Supporters say in the younger grades it can help kids understand how to build healthy relationships and