Dear Friends and Neighbors,
After hours of debate, and late into the night (about 2:00 a.m.), when most of Olympia's reporters had gone home, Democrats in the state House of Representatives passed a comprehensive sex education bill for ALL students, K-12.
To say I'm disappointed in this action by the majority party is an understatement. I firmly believe topics like this are best left to local communities, local school districts, teachers and parents, NOT Olympia bureaucrats.
If you recall, over 600 people signed in to testify AGAINST this bill when it was heard in the House Education Committee. You can watch a short video of that here. You can also watch another short video we released yesterday outlining some of our concerns here.
Despite massive opposition from school officials, teachers and parents around the state, the majority party decided to turn a deaf ear and pass Senate Bill 5395. Mandating sex education for our kindergartners and elementary school students is the wrong direction for our state. Having spent the majority of my education career as a kindergarten teacher, I can tell you that the kids I taught were not ready for some of the material and discussions that will now be mandatory. This is a sad day for our parents, teachers and school personnel – but an even sadder day for the innocence that will be lost too soon in many of our young children.
I want you to know that we fought against this bill. We had over 200 amendments ready to address citizen concerns. But in the end, the Democrats only allowed 15 to be heard on the House floor. All were voted down by the majority party and the bill passed with NO Republican support. They have the votes to pass legislation like this; we don't have the votes to stop it.
In the end, this is probably one of the worst – if not THE worst – bills I've seen passed during my time in the Legislature. It is painful to think about the ramifications of this bill. It hurts me to see the direction our state is taking on an issue like this.