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JULY 29… we need to keep in touch!!!

Lots of BAD stuff is going on in Washington D.C. regarding health education issues – major cuts by the Trump administration. We are attempting to get more information VERY soon and will then advise readers what you can do to help our cause. IF you are not registered with CASHE you should do so. Once registered (for free) we will update you via e-mail. Just email giving you name, best e-mail address, and school you teach at or organization. SEND NO money!!!



Presidents Budget Reflects Administrations Values – May 23, 2017

If you’ve seen the headlines, watched the news, or been online today, you already know that the first budget of the Trump Administration proposes historic cuts to programs serving our nation’s most vulnerable communities. Unfortunately—though not surprisingly—efforts to support the sexual and reproductive health of our nation’s youth were no exception.

While proposing $160 million for harmful and shaming abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, the Budget calls for the elimination of $108 million that supports evidence-based education that helps young people plan for their families and futures and $183 million in cuts that supports HIV and other STD prevention efforts, including among students.

The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 Budget dismantles numerous critical education and health programs and services that support not just the sexual and reproductive health but also the overall health and wellbeing of people across the country. Trillions in cuts to non-defense funding such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families have been proposed while defense spending would grow to twice as much as non-defense in ten years —signaling this Administration’s lack of interest in supporting the health, needs, and rights of the nation’s most vulnerable. Additionally, the Budget assumes and supports passage of the American Health Care Act, resulting in millions of people losing health care coverage and prohibiting any federal funds for Planned Parenthood, further restricting millions of people’s access to care.

There are numerous damaging proposals in the President’s FY 2018 Budget, but key proposals directly impacting the sexual health and wellbeing of young people include:

            -Elimination of the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), a loss of $108 million.

            -Cuts to domestic HIV prevention and research efforts within the Centers for Disease Control and            Prevention by $147 million.

            -Elimination of $400 million in student support and academic enrichments grants to local school districts for instruction topics such as healthy and safe relationships.

            -Recommending Congress to extend the authorized Personal Responsibility Education Program for two years at $75 million per year through FY 2019.

            -Continuation of the rebranded abstinence-only-until-marriage annually-funded grant program, “sexual    risk avoidance education” at $10 million, a $5 million decrease from the final FY 2017 funding level.

            -Recommending Congress to extend the authorized Title V “Abstinence Education” state grant program for two years at $75 million per year through FY 2019.

It is clear from this Budget that the Administration is not interested in supporting the empowerment and lifelong health of the most marginalized among us—young people, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and low-income families.

Read SIECUS’ Statement and join us in calling on Congress to reject the president’s budget requests in their deliberations of FY 2018 funding.


Here is what CASHE member Nathan Matza e-mailed to Senator Feinstein…
Dear Senator Feinstein, [go and; hit email/contact buttons]
     Just read that the President is proposing major cuts impacting health and adolescents.
    Please consider opposing his budget cuts.
    General support for Sex Ed: Young people need and have the right to sex education that supports their lifelong health and well being. I urge you  to support funding and policies that advance sex education.
    Support adolescent health funding: I believe that young people need evidence-informed and medically accurate and complete sexual health information. I urge you] to protect funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and support funding for the CDC’s HIV prevention efforts in schools.
    End abstinence-only funding: More than $2 billion has already been wasted on abstinence-only programs, now called “sexual risk avoidance education” that decades of research has found to be ineffective at its sole goal: delaying young people from having sex. These programs also frequently shame, stigmatize, or otherwise ostracize many young people. I urge you to support ending abstinence-only program funding once and for all!
      Reject the President’s Budget: The President’s proposed budget for FY 2018 is an affront to the health needs and rights of our nation, and particularly young people and the most marginalized communities. I urge  you to reject the President’s funding requests; support investment in programs that advance the sexual and reproductive health and lifelong wellbeing of our nation’s youth; and maintain parity between non-defense and defense funding in FY 2018.
   Thank you for you continued support on so many health related issues for all Americans.
Nathan Matza
Professor of Health Education, CSULB



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 ?


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:

Monica Garcia,Vice

Scott Schmerelson:

Nick Melvin:

Ref Rodriguez, President:

Kelly Gonez:

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