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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
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.
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.
Kayser Speaks Out…
Los Angeles July 22, 2014
— LAUSD School Board member Bennett Kayser, met with CASHE representatives Vice President Bridget Brownell of Taft High, Board Member Dawn Blevins of San Fernando Middle School, and Ric Loya, Executive Vice President. It was quite a session with CASHE airing concerns about the plight of health education in the LAUSD. Brownell shared about 100 student statements on the importance of health education by her students which will be posted on cashe.org. including what Taft High student Jackson Albright, who wrote that “Health Education is definitely important because it helps students prepare for the world they enter when they leave home. It instills ideas in your head about proper health choices you will have to make eventually in life and learning about which health behavior is the correct one is beneficial to living a long life.”
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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...