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Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that's led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort to overturn the measure on the November ballot.

Truth-tester: No, sex ed will not be taught to kindergartners

A recent campaign mailer from Dave Lucas, a Republican running against incumbent Spokane Sen. Andy Billig , falsely suggests that Billig supports teaching sex education to kindergartners, among other claims focused on legislation approved this year.

Robin Pickering: To the parents protesting SB 5395: Concerning Comprehensive Sexuality Education

To the parents who believe that you are capable of providing your child with all they need to know about sexuality, relationships, anatomy, how to counteract messages they receive online, puberty, and affirmative consent, etc. … I believe you. Or, rather, I believe some of you. I also believe that some of you are capable of teaching your child trigonometry. But most of us aren’t.

Jessica Lucht: Sex education is education

I’m proud to live in a state that is prioritizing honest, age-appropriate and medically-accurate information, so I strongly support Senate Bill 5395, the new sex ed bill, that recently passed the Washington Legislature.

Lori Feagan: State House must act on needed sex-ed bill

Under our current state law, there’s no guarantee that any sex education is provided to young people because school districts are not required to provide it. That’s why I support Senate Bill 5395,