Believe it or not, the Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction – often referred to as OSPI – wants your opinion on Sex Education in our State. Family Policy Institute of Washington thinks taking OSPI’s survey is one of the best and most important uses of your time this week.
Our friends at Teen-Aid have created the following message, with resource links for each of us to use in taking OSPI’s survey and passing it along to our friends, family members, fellow congregants, and social media spheres.
You can make a difference! Washington State is seeking YOUR opinion. This is the chance to let officials know how you feel about K-12 Comprehensive Sex Education. Please pass this information along to anyone who is interested in preventing State Mandated Sex Health in K-8 grades. Let’s work together to keep local curriculum control in our School District and School Boards.
- The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction contracted a study with the Washington State Board of Health to provide a Health Impact Review that is designed to assist in the passage of the mandatory Sex Education Bill. However, we feel this report is flawed and the results are not valid. Overall, since there is limited data available about the extent to which public schools are in compliance with current law, as well as limited information about which, and how many students are currently receiving comprehensive sexual health education in Washington, this Health Impact Review cannot estimate how many additional students would receive comprehensive sexual health education as a result of ESSB 5395. Therefore, this HIR also cannot estimate the potential magnitude of impact on health outcomes, including changes in the rate of sexually transmitted infections or teen pregnancies. Therefore, reach out to your School Superintendent, School Board Members, Local County Commissioners, City Council Members, PTA members, and other concerned community members. Raise the alarm – school boards, legislators, and parents should not simply accept the Health Impact Review.
- Study the Contrast Between Comprehensive Sex Education and Sexual Risk Avoidance Education if you would like more information in responding to the statewide survey.
Your opinion still matters and you can make your voice heard without leaving your computer. Please read through the material provided by Teen-Aid, take OSPI’s survey, and pass the information along to friends and family members. We stopped Comprehensive Sex Education once; if we continue to stand together, we can do it again.