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April 21, 2017

A Letter from the Department of Education (about the NEW Framework and YOU)

Dear Health Education Stakeholders:

The first meeting of the Health Education Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (HE CFCC) was  held on May 4–5, 2017, at the California Department of Education. The meeting was open to the public, and there was time for public comment each day. The meeting agenda is posted on the CDE Health Education Curriculum Framework Web Page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/he/cf/.  See the section on cashe.org front page “Under” the Department of Education logo.

During the meeting, the HE CFCC discussed three draft chapters for the revision of the health education framework:

  • Introduction
  • Grades Seven and Eight
  • Grades Nine Through Twelve

To access the draft chapters of the health education framework, use this link to box.com:https://cde.box.com/s/j86bvs1mk9kuo3byiak06idu5vahwb00. The draft chapters are organized by meeting date. Click on the folder for the May CFCC meeting to view or download the draft chapters. You do not need to have a box.com account to access the draft chapters.

If you would like to provide comments on the draft chapters, please provide the page and line numbers you are commenting on and provide specific language that you would like to see included.

E-mail questions and comments to: healtheducationframework@cde.ca.gov.

healtheducationframework@cde.ca.gov


 

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 wwwcde.ca.gov/ls/he/se/ 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 <edsource.org> 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

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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: george.mckenna@lausd.net

Monica Garciamonica.garcia@lausd.net

Scott Schmerelson: scott.schmerelson@lausd.net

Steve Zimmer, Vice Presidentsteve.zimmer@lausd.net

Ref Rodriguez: ref.rodriguez@lausd.net

Monica Ratliff: monica.ratliff@lausd.net

Dr. Richard Vladovic, PresidentRichard.vladovic@lausd.net

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