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Observations and Comments from Teacher Committee Members

Framework UPDATE:… May 19, 2017

Great news – OUR Health Education Framework funding survived its first challenge in the Senate two days ago! Before the Senate Eduction Budget Sub-Committee #1 was a proposal to FUND the development of the Framework WHICH is in progress with thousands of YOUR tax dollars already spent. Seems someone looking to save money wanted to drop all funding. The Sub-Committee voted 2:1 to restore funding the the Instructional Quality Commission which over sees development of all Frameworks. CASHE will keep you posted as to future legislative meetings that might need your calls and emails. We thank all of your that sent in e-mails and made calls this week on a very very short notice! IF you are reading this but not registered for CASHE legislative updates (no charge) than send a request to register with CASHE at casheric@aol.com.  Just indicated that you want to register and give your name, school, and an e-mail address. CASHE thanks the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California for getting the emergency notice out – close call!

California Health Education Framework UPDATE…May 9, 2017

The Health Education Framework CFCC held it first meeting May 4-5. CASHE Vice President and HE-CFCC urges health teachers and those concerned with the future of health education in California to email  her how useful you are finding the framework and lesson plan suggestions which can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/he/cf. (brownellbridget@hotmail.com). CASHE member and HE-CFCC member Matt French wanted you to know that the first day of the meeting was a little rough with a bit of a learning curve initially  “but once we had a better sense of what they wanted from us, it got better.” French also felt that it the Committee is a great team or as he put it, “a really impressive group of people and some great ideas shared with the committee diverse in nature and having a strength of knowledge in the room which is exactly what the students of California deserve.” He feels there is lots of work ahead but is confident that the task will not only get done, but the it will be a great document to guide us into the future for many years to come.”

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The CFCC will meet five more times to conduct the work of revising the Health Education Framework. The CFCC meetings are tentatively scheduled for  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.

The newly appointed teacher members of the Health Education CFCC are: 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.

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 dfrankli@cde.ca.gov.