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By Roger Harnack

Bill mandates controversial 'inclusive' sex ed starting with kindergarten

Lesbian lawmaker downplays inclusivity, claims measure is about "safety"


Last updated 1/22/2020 at 7:05pm

OLYMPIA – A bill that passed the state Senate today, Jan. 22, could mean young public schools pupils will be exposed to "inclusive" sex education.

In a 28-21 vote, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5395 was opposed by all Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Tim Sheldon of Potlatch. The bill now heads to the Democrat-controlled House.

Under the bill, public schools will be required to teach medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education to students at all grade levels from kindergarten through 12th. The content is also required to be inclusive of gay, lesbian, transgender and other "prot...

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