September 2020 – Parents for Safe Schools collected 266,000 signatures, more than twice the number needed, to allow Washington state voters the chance to repeal a new law requiring controversial sex ed programs in public schools. Referendum 90 will be added to the ballot after the state’s elections office verifies the authenticity of the signatures. Then the people of Washington will decide in November if the children in public schools will be subjected to sexually explicit materials.
The signature drive was a highly coordinated grassroots initiative during the state’s COVID-19 lockdown.
“The initiative will make school boards accountable to parents for this education and make sex ed an opt-in program, rather than the empty promises that parents can opt-out, which for practical purposes is almost impossible,” said Lynn Meagher, a parent who campaigned against the sex ed programs.