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OSPI Selects 16 Washington School Districts to Receive Sexual Health Education Grants

OLYMPIA — February 10, 2014 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently selected 16 Washington school districts to take part in a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) project to improve sexual health education.

The CDC will fund programs at state and school district levels. Washington submitted a competitive application and is one of 19 states chosen to participate.

“When it comes to sex education, schools should work within their communities to do what’s best for their students,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. "These grants will help them with that work.”

This project provides participating school districts with technical support and training, professional development and funding to strengthen high-quality instruction based on science. They will receive $500 each for the first year of the program and up to $10,000 in years two through five.

OSPI chose the following districts to participate, based on their commitment to implementing programs and state policies that are medically accurate and based on science: Bremerton, North Mason, North Thurston, Vashon Island, Kent, Federal Way, Highline, Granite Falls, Burlington-Edison, Methow Valley, Pateros, Highland, Mabton, White Salmon Valley, Camas and Evergreen (ESD 112).

OSPI will partner with Educational Service Districts (ESDs) and state health education partner organizations to support the efforts these districts. Lessons learned from this project will be shared with school districts across the state.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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