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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., June 10, 2020

Referendum to repeal sex ed law gathers record number of signatures despite pandemic

OLYMPIA – Despite stay-home orders and restrictions on gathering required by the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters of an effort to repeal a new law on comprehensive sexual education programs in state …


The Full Suburban: We don’t need this type of sex education

I did something Saturday that was completely outside my comfort zone: I stood next to a busy road and waved wildly to passing cars while holding a giant sign.


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, …


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 …


Legislature tackled other issues along with COVID-19

Along with addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, the Legislature tackled climate change, gun control, data privacy and sex education – with mixed results.


Shawn Vestal: Debate over sex ed brings out the worst in bill’s opponents

As the sun sets on another sex-ed freakout in Olympia, a question lingers: Just how malevolent do opponents of sex ed believe teachers are?


Madsen: Sex ed bill requires R-rated material taught to children

“Mature Subject Matter – Viewer Discretion Advised” was the warning label on a live broadcast from the Washington House floor this week. The subject was state-mandated comprehensive sex education.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

State Senate approves comprehensive sex ed requirements for public schools

The Senate approved a bill requiring all public schools offer medically accurate, comprehensive sex education geared to children at all grade levels.


Sue Lani Madsen: Survey says no to comprehensive sex education, OSPI says yes

It’s ironic that a bill whose supporters say it’s necessary to teach affirmative consent doesn’t appear to have widespread support.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Reardan-Edwall School Board incumbent says district on right path; opponent says district should challenge state on sex education

The candidates running for a seat on the Reardan-Edwall School Board have clear interests in the district: They have children who attend the schools.


Sue Lani Madsen: Mandatory sex education should focus on reducing risks, not avoiding consequences

OSPI is pushing a curriculum standard focused on avoiding consequences rather than reducing risk, according to LeAnna Benn, director of Teen Aid. “Research for over 25 years has demonstrated the …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Public schools in Washington would be required to teach sex education in all grades under bill approved by state Senate

School districts would be required to adopt comprehensive, medically accurate policies for sexual health education for all grades by the 2021 school year, according to the bill, which was sent …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Spokane School Board approves new sex ed curriculum

A better-developed sex education curriculum was worth waiting for, the Spokane Public Schools board was told Wednesday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Sex ed curriculum poised for adoption in Spokane schools

Spokane Public Schools is on the verge of adopting a sex education curriculum for ninth-graders.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018

Proposed sex ed curriculum for Spokane schools ‘at step one’ in revised development process

Spokane Public Schools officials hope to have a sex education curriculum in place for middle-schoolers before the end of the year.


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018

Lewis and Clark student’s survey helps persuade committee to delay new sex ed curriculum for Spokane Public Schools

With the ongoing debate over how Spokane students should be taught sex education, a senior from Lewis and Clark High School sat down Wednesday and delivered her research project that …


Committee needs more time to study sex education curriculum for Spokane schools

The committee that will review changes to how Spokane Public School conducts middle-school sex education met Thursday but decided it needs more time to review three volumes of proposed curriculum.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

Idaho senator yells at students lobbying for birth control

A state senator shouted at University of Idaho students affiliated with Planned Parenthood trying to schedule a meeting with him to discuss birth control and sex education.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane schools should stop tiptoeing through sex ed controversy

Not too long ago, a relatively small but relatively loud group of people approached the Spokane School Board to oppose a planned sex-ed curriculum. The result: The process of adopting …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Critics question Spokane Public Schools’ rejection of proposed sex education curriculum

Community members questioned the Spokane Public Schools board of directors Wednesday about the district’s decision not to adopt a new, comprehensive middle school sex education plan.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Spokane schools won’t adopt Planned Parenthood sex education plan

Spokane Public Schools won’t adopt a divisive sex education curriculum, opting instead to hand-pick middle school lessons from multiple sources.


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Spokane school board flooded with emails after sex education vote delayed

Spokane school board members have been inundated with automated emails following a controversial decision to postpone voting on a new sex education curriculum.


Robin Pickering: Sex-education curriculum reflects reality

These students do not deserve to be brushed aside because meeting their specific curriculum concerns makes educators, school board members, or our community uncomfortable.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Spokane schools delay sex ed plan amid concerns about Planned Parenthood

School administrators have delayed making a divisive decision on sex education curriculum.


Advocate of abstinence-only sex education gets high Health and Human Services post

A prominent leader of the abstinence-only sex education movement has been appointed to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joining several other social conservative …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. A.F. Randall of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church addressed a “mothers-and-daughters-only” meeting at the Auditorium Theater on the subject of “sex truth.”


Gonorrhea cases on the rise in Inland Northwest

The gonorrhea warning call can be hard to make and hard to receive. But phone calls to sex partners of people diagnosed with the sexually transmitted infection are part of …


Study shows rhythm method gaining popularity with teens

ATLANTA – A growing number of teen girls say they use the rhythm method for birth control, and more teens also think it’s OK for an unmarried female to have …