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Founded in 1979, CASHE is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to promoting and supporting school health education.

Advocacy: Health Education in Schools

SOPHE is leading the charge in supporting “Health” to be designated as a “core” subject in legislation to reauthorize or restructure the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A bill is advancing through the Senate quickly and we must let policymakers know the vital role of Health Education in academic achievement. Today, more than ever, youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles. Join us for a day of advocacy and speak out. Youth are one-fourth of our population, but all of our future!

SOPHE is holding a Health Education in Schools Virtual Advocacy Day Today.

Click here to access the Participant Guide.

Click here to view slides from the Advocacy Day Webinar.

Read SOPHE's letter to Congress on this issue.

Click here to join more than 200 health education colleagues who have already signed the letter.You have till May 20 to join the petition.

Sex Ed Ruling - ACLU Northern California

Historic Ruling in ACLU Lawsuit: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Violated State Law Fresno County judge rules that the curriculum had been medically inaccurate and biased for “many years”
A Fresno County Superior Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought against the Clovis Unified School District was justified because the District’s sex education curriculum was out of compliance with California state law. The suit, American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. Clovis Unified School District, was brought on behalf of parents, physicians and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network by the ACLU of California and pro bono counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

In the first-ever ruling (link below) on California’s 2003 sex education law, Judge Donald S. Black created a legal precedent that California students have a right to sex education that is complete, medically accurate, and free of bias. This historic ruling is the first to find that abstinence-only-until marriage instruction is unlawful on the grounds of medical accuracy and bias.

To read the full ACLU press release click here.

To read the full California ruling click here.

Click here to go to legislative section to see how this impacts AB 329.

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Vital Signs: Leading Causes of Death, Prevalence of Diseases and Risk Factors, and Use of Health Services Among Hispanics in the United States — 2009–2013

To read the full from the CDC click here.

Last year CASHE Board members Dawn Blevens and Bridget Brownell met with LAUSD Board Member Kayser about a number of school health issues. Kayser has been the only health teacher to serve on the Board of Education and thus was always there to oppose cuts to LAUSD health instruction. CASHE wishes him well and thanks Bennett for his past support – then again, “once a health teacher, always a health teacher.”

Former UTLA President Warren Fletcher Speaks Out Strongly for Health Education in the LAUSD

"It’s the only subject in the entire curriculum where the subject of the class is the student him or herself."

Click here to visit our Legislation section and read Mr. Fletcher's comments in full...