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The State Board of Education appointed members to the CFCC for Health Instruction around 11 a.m. today. CASHE is delighted that Bridget Brownell of Taft High and Matt French of the Academic Leadership Community High are now part of the  CFCC.

The CFCC  includes between 9 and 20 members who will be selected to ensure balanced representation of regions, health education content knowledge, and grade-level experience. In addition to K-12 educators, the CFCC  includes health education faculty from institutes of higher education, other health education content experts, and representatives from health education stakeholder organizations. Please note that there is no stipend for service on the CFCC, but reimbursement for travel costs will be provided by the CDE. Unfortunately, the CDE cannot provide reimbursements for substitute cost.

The CFCC will meet six times to conduct the work of revising the Health Education Framework. The CFCC meetings are tentatively scheduled for May 4–5, 2017; June 19–20, 2017; August 10–11, 2017; September 18–19, 2017; November 29–30, 2017; and January 25–26, 2018. All CFCC meetings will be public and take place in Sacramento. The CFCC will work with the framework writers and CDE staff to develop a draft Health Education Framework that will be submitted to the IQC for field review in March 2018. The SBE will take final action on the Health Education Framework in May 2019. In honor of the first meeting being on May 5, the entire meeting will be conducted in Spanish (lol) for Cinco de Mayo!

CASHE congratulates all 10  of the newly appointed teacher members of the Health Education CFCC today: David Rodgers, teacher from the Visalia USD; Kimberley Walden, teacher from the Twin Rivers School District; Robyn Russon, teacher from the Burbank USD; Diane Farthing, teacher from the Pleasanton USD; Bridget Brownell from the LAUSD’s Taft High; Michael Riggs, teacher from the Bonita USD; Kim Sinclair, teacher from Glendale USD’s Glendale High; Matt French of the LASUD; Shannon Bennett, teacher from the Garden Grove USD; Aimee Sturges, teacher from the Conejo Valley USD; and Michelle Presley, teacher from the San Marcos US.

Also appointed were 10 non-teacher members who CASHE also congratulates: Darren McDonald, Principal from the Morgan Hill USD; Miguel Perez, Professor from Fresno State; Robert LaChausse, Department Chair at California Baptist University; Amy Streavel the Director of Community Education and Outreach of the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties; Samantha Blackburn, an Assistant Professor at CSU Sacramento; Martha Adriasola-Martinez a teacher on Special Assignment with the San Francisco USD; Jill Vandroff a school nurse with the San Mateo County Office of Education; Lidia Carlton, Chief of the Health Education Unit with the California Department of Public Health; and Cynthia Dimon, Behavioral Health Manager with the Oakland USD.

Looks like the State Board appointed a GREAT group!

BUT these things just don’t happen. There had to be some great staff gathering applications, preparing the applications for the Instructional Quality Commission’s (IQC’s) review, presenting the IQCs recommendation to the State Board of Education,  and so much more. CASHE would like to thank and salute some hardworking folks within the Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission (ICQ): Stephanie Gregson, Ed.D.,Director, Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Resources Division, Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission; Kristen Cruz Allen, Administrator, Curriculum Frameworks Unit; and Deborah Franklin, Education Programs Consultant,  Curriculum Frameworks Unit. 

If you have any questions regarding the CFCC or the framework revision process, please contact Deborah Franklin, Education Programs Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, by phone at 916-319-0442 or by e-mail at


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the ESSA does provide for opportunities for health education. For example, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1, Sections 4101-4112 outline the Student Support and Academic Enrichment formula grant program. Under this program, the Department provides funding to State educational agencies and State educational agencies in turn provide grants to local educational agencies (LEAs).  Each State will have the discretion to determine the office that will be responsible for administering this grant program.  This program authorizes funding to improve students’ academic achievement through (1) access to well-rounded educational opportunities, (2) activities to support safe and healthy students, and (3) effective use of technology. The law lists several examples of activities that could be considered under each of the three purposes of the grant. Among the LEA allowable uses of funds are programs or activities that integrate health and safety practices into school or athletic programs; and program or activities that support a healthy, active lifestyle. Examples of activities specifically related to supporting safe and healthy students can be found in section 4108.  Additionally, the Department announced on June 23, 2016, that it plans on releasing guidance for early learners; homeless children and youth; English Learners (Title III); recruiting, preparing, and training teachers and principals (Title II); and student support and academic enrichment (Title IV).

Please note the ESSA amendments will not be in effect during the 2016-2017 school year.

We encourage you to visit our ESSA website for additional information as it becomes  You can also sign up to receive email updates on the ESSA.

The ESSA Response Team


AB 329 “ain’t no more”…. BUT Education Code 51930-51939 IS LAW…

So when talking or emailing administrators and school board members don’t refer to AB 329 as they really don’t care about pending legislation per se. What they do care about is THE law and AB 329 IS NOW LAW and should be referred to as Education Code 51930-51939 or simply EC 51930-39. You will have their attention! The new law is called THE CALIFORNIA HEALTHY YOUTH ACT! A great site to visit for updates on this is which is at the California Department of Education. This is a great resource series of pages that will be updated  soon. Maybe it’s time to update the California Framework for Health Instruction ?



EdSource: Sex ed is manatory in grades 7-12 in California with a NEW Education Code 51930-51939!

Oct 1, 2015 by Jane M. Adams (Abridged Version Below)

Sexual health education will become mandatory on Jan. 1, 2016 for California public school students in grades 7 through 12 under a bill signed into law by Gov. Brown on Thursday.

The comprehensive sexual health education law will combine education on HIV prevention, which already is mandatory, with sexual health education, which has been optional, into a single, mandatory course of instruction with updated curriculum, according to Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, author of Assembly Bill 329. Parents will have the option of excusing their child from instruction.

The new law seeks to remedy the uneven instruction in sexual health in public schools in the state, as documented in a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and in a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District brought by two parents and several advocacy groups that alleged inaccurate and biased information about sexual health was being taught.

According to Phyllida Burlingame, reproductive justice policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, more than 90 percent of high schools in California already offer some form of sexual health education.

But because instruction was not mandated, the districts were “picking and choosing” what they wanted to teach, she said. In some cases, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students have been “made to feel invisible – or worse, stigmatized – in health classes,” Burlingame said.

The new law states that curriculum “affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations.” “The previous law was important, but there were districts that were out of compliance with it,” Burlingame said. “This takes us to a new level.”

Among the new areas required, the curriculum will include information about “sexual harassment, sexual assault, adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, and sex trafficking.” Schools must provide “comprehensive, accurate and unbiased” information on sexual health and HIV prevention and provide students with “the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family,” according to the text of the law.

(Check out <> for the complete article plus other great educational articles.)


That was a great resolution WE got passed in 2014 with Senator Lara leading the charge…

BILL NUMBER: Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 109

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Lara   –   APRIL 9, 2014

   Relative to National STD Awareness Month and

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day


SCR 109, as introduced, Lara. National STD Awareness Month and National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.

This measure would provide that the Legislature recognizes April 2014 as National STD Awareness Month, and recognizes April 10, 2014, as National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.

WHEREAS, Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a significant health challenge facing the United States. New data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that there are more than 110 million total new and existing infections among men and women across the nation; and

WHEREAS, According to the CDC, there are an estimated 20 million new infections of STDs annually; and

WHEREAS, STDs place a significant economic strain on the United States’ health care system. The CDC conservatively estimates that the lifetime cost of treating eight of the most common STDs contracted in just one year is $15.6 billion; and

WHEREAS, Many infections go undetected because they often have no symptoms, but even STDs that do not have symptoms can have serious health consequences. Undiagnosed and untreated infections cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year; and

WHEREAS, Young people are disproportionately at risk of infection. In 2013, Americans 15 to 24 years of age, inclusive, made up just 27 percent of the sexually active population, but accounted for 50 percent of the 20 million new STDs in the United States that year; and

WHEREAS, Stigma, inconsistent or incorrect condom use, limited access to health care, and a combination of other factors contribute to high rates of STDs among teens and young adults. In the United States, almost 40 percent of new HIV infections are young people 13 to 29 years of age, inclusive; and

WHEREAS, Some school districts provide condoms free of charge to students through condom availability programs. Condoms are a proven method for reducing transmission of STDs, including HIV; and

WHEREAS, Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms can reduce, though not eliminate, the risk of STD transmission. Other effective strategies for reducing STD risk include abstinence from sex, mutual monogamy, reducing the number of sexual partners, and vaccination for certain diseases; and

WHEREAS, For all individuals who are sexually active, particularly young people, STD screening and prompt treatment, if infected, are critical to protect a person’s health and prevent transmission to others; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes April as National STD Awareness Month; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature recognizes April 10, 2014, as National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day; and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

UTLA  Former President Warren Fletcher Speaks Out  for LAUSD Health Education …at the Board of Education (10.9.12)

Good afternoon. My name is Warren Fletcher, I am an English teacher in the LAUSD and I’m currently on leave from that job serving as President of United Teachers Los Angeles…

In regards to the item on student health, student health week, and student health education, UTLA looks forward to working with the District to make sure that every high school and every middle school has a required health  class being taught by a fully credentialed health teacher, teaching the student health education standards. It is something we have moved away from and we need to more back toward it.

I applaud this Board for putting this item on consent to show that there is clear support across the Board for requiring health education. It’s the only subject in the entire curriculum where the subject of the class is the student him or herself. And at times like these especially it is crucial  and UTLA will work to make sure that -that young lady who spoke a few moments ago who is working as a health educator (Brownell) we have many fully credentialed health educators in L.A. who are not working as health educators  because many schools  stopped offering high school and middle school health.

We look forward to the district coming back, joining the team, and making sure every student has access to a fully credentialed health educator in every secondary school.

Board Members and their e-mail addresses for future use:

Dr. George McKenna:


Scott Schmerelson:

Steve Zimmer, Vice

Ref Rodriguez:

Monica Ratliff:

Dr. Richard Vladovic,

Click here for detailed contact information and a map of the area the board member is responsible for. (also includes phone numbers)


May 23, 2012 UPDATE