Voters throughout the state will decide in November whether to let stand or repeal a comprehensive sexual health education bill passed by the state Legislature earlier this year.
Referendum 90 asks voters whether Senate Bill 5395 — which was passed by the state Legislature in March — should be enacted.
The legislation, which is suspended pending the outcome of the election, would require school districts to begin offering “comprehensive sexual health education” to students of all ages.
For all grade levels, parents and guardians would be able opt their students out of the lessons, the law states.
What “comprehensive sexual health education” means varies by grade, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
For example, in grades K-3, curriculum could focus on what is called social emotional learning, where students learn about concepts such as self-esteem and decision-making.
“(Social emotional learning) provides skills to do things