Referendum 90 allows parental control of sex health education

Please support Referendum 90 on the November ballot. Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington state law (passed in March 2020) requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students.

This would expand the current Washington State Learning Standards and implement essential standards for schools to give students access to the comprehensive communication and social skills needed for healthy lifetimes, free of sexual abuse and assault. These standards simply require the inclusion of age-appropriate communication skills that students need to express and respect sexual consent, protect others as a bystander when they see bullying, and seek appropriate help to avoid sexual abuse or rape.

Local control remains with parents and school boards in each district. Parents are always encouraged to engage in home discussions of their family values, and they can opt their child out of school-based sex ed discussions.

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Special education program transitions back to CPS control



a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Carol Brown of Race Matters, Friends examines the seclusion rooms last year at the Center for Responsive Education's FOCUS program, operated by contractor Catapult Learning in the building owned by Columbia Public Schools. [Photo provided by Lara Wakefield]


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Carol Brown of Race Matters, Friends examines the seclusion rooms last year at the Center for Responsive Education’s FOCUS program, operated by contractor Catapult Learning in the building owned by Columbia Public Schools. [Photo provided by Lara Wakefield]

When the Columbia Public Schools contractor operating a program for students with special education plans sought liability protection in its renewal offer, the school board in May voted to end the contract.

The school district instead decided to operate the program in-house, with district personnel.

The move didn’t prevent a lawsuit.Two parents are suing the school district and the company on behalf of their children, whom the parents allege were confined in seclusion rooms in the FOCUS program at the Center of Responsive Education.

The lawsuit filed last month by Shawan Daniels and Laquesha Jackson on behalf of their children, ages 11 and 13, names

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