Dear Friends and Neighbors,
House Democrats early this morning passed one of the most glaring examples of state government overreach that I've ever seen. In blatant disregard to the over 600 parents, teachers, students and school officials who signed up to testify AGAINST the bill, the majority party voted to pass comprehensive sex education for all grades, K-12.
Senate Bill 5395 was passed in the dead of night (2:00 a.m.) when most reporters had gone home. House Republicans had over 200 amendments prepared to address citizen concerns with the measure, but Democrats only allowed 15 to be heard. All were voted down and the bill passed on a party-line vote with NO Republican support.
Here's a short video on our efforts to fight this bill and why it's important.
You can also watch a short video here that shows the over 600 people who came to testify against the bill.
I strongly believe that conversations about sexual education should start at home at a time when PARENTS think it is appropriate. Many parents believe what OSPI is calling for in this bill is too much, too soon for our younger children.
This bill also takes away local control. While OSPI and proponents of the measure like to say the word “choice,” the fact is, any curriculum must meet certain standards – standards that are set in Olympia with massive bureaucratic and political input, but no parental input. Are the standards, priorities, ethics, morals, etc. in Seattle or Olympia the same as those in Colfax, Ritzville or Clarkston? Local communities, local school districts, teachers, students and parents should be deciding these issues, not some bureaucrat in Olympia.
I am so disappointed that the majority party has chosen to ignore the will of the people in order to placate the whims of a few. I have received hundreds of emails from citizens opposed to this legislation, but very few in favor.
Thank for you allowing me to update you on this issue and express some of my own frustrations. We fought this bill as best we could. In the end, the Democrats are the majority party in both legislative bodies. They had the votes; we didn't.