Action Alert

February 8, 2014

URGENT – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!! 
All written comments must be received by February 11, 2014.

As a follow up to the alert that was sent out on January 23rd, CAHPERD leaders are now urging you to engage in further action by contacting your legislators regarding the proposed action by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) that, if approved, will amend Title 5 regulations to authorize ROTC instructors to teach physical education.  

Please click here for more detailed information about this proposal that will have a critical impact on physical education in California schools.

We ask that you send letters to your legislators, with copies to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Governor Edmund G. Brown, expressing your views and encouraging them NOT to support these proposed regulations.    


Click here to view a Sample Letter (PDF)

Contact Information:

  1. Click here to find your Legislator
  2. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
    Phone: 916-445-2841
    FAX: 916-558-3160
    E-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
    Mailing Address:   
    The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor
    State of California
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  3. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
    Phone:  916-319-0800
    FAX: 916-319-0100
    E-mail:  superintendent@cde.ca.gov
    Mailing Address:
    Mr. Tom Torlakson
    Superintendent of Public Instruction
    1430 N Street, Ste. 5602
    Sacramento, CA 95814


January 23, 2014

URGENT – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!! 
All written comments must be received by 5:00pm on January 27, 2014.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW! (PDF)

What is Happening?
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will hold a public hearing on February 14, 2014 to adopt new regulations that will have a critical impact on physical education in California schools.  There was prior action on this in September of 2013 and the CCTC voted to move ahead with adopting these new regulations.  This is the final opportunity we have to express our concerns and ask them to vote “NO” on the new regulations.
 
Why Should I Be Concerned?
If approved at the hearing, this action will amend Title 5 regulations to authorize JROTC instructors to teach physical education.   A confirming vote will add a Special Teaching Authorization in Physical Education for Holders of Designated Subjects Special Subjects Teaching Credentials*.

*Designated Subjects Special Subjects Teaching Credentials currently authorize the holder to teach the subject named on the credential (Aviation Flight and Ground Instruction, Basic Military Drill, ROTC, Driver education and Training). The requirements for a credential include: four years of experience in the specialty area, two years of successful teaching experience in the courses listed above, nine units or 135 clock hours in a program of personalized preparation. You will note the deficiencies in the requirements when compared to the requirements for a full credential to teach physical education.  The proposed change will require JROTC instructors to verify their subject-matter knowledge in physical education.

As you know, high school physical education courses require every minute of the required instructional time and there isn’t instructional time to share with other interests.  Can we count on JROTC instructors to provide content rich instruction in physical education? Or, will they focus on military content and devote time to physical activity as it related to successful completion of military activities?

What Can I do ?
Three important  ACTION STEPS for YOU to take:

  1. Share this information with everyone who has an interest in quality physical education in our schools and ask them to participate in our efforts to let the Commission know that this is not an appropriate action to take.  Share with your colleagues who teach other subjects as well. Ask them to write a letter.
  2. MOST IMPORTANT  ***
    Write a letter (click here to view a sample and information) to the Commission expressing your views and encouraging them NOT to APPROVE  these regulations at the February 14th hearing.   
    Send your letter via Email or FAX (916) 322-0048
    All written comments must be received
    by 5:00pm on January 27, 2014
  3. Contact your teachers union before February 1, and let them know that we need their assistance in making sure this does not get approved at the public hearing on February 14th.

July 26, 2011
LEGISLATIVE ALERT – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!!
AB 1330 - PROPOSED ADDITION OF CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION CLASS TO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS TO REPLACE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS OR WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS – OPPOSE!

AB 1330 (FURUTANI) Graduation Requirements: Career Technical Education
Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach, wants students to take a course in career/technical education rather than one in visual and performing arts or world language!!

If passed, AB 1330 would substitute a class in career technical education for one in world language or visual and performing arts!

AB 1330 is set for hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 15.
There is no valid reason to replace these widely accepted courses in performing and visual arts with courses in career technical education. Students should graduate with some experience in another language (necessary in today’s global economy), and it is widely accepted that students who participate in some aspect of the arts are more likely to stay in school and perform academically better than those who do not.

Please contact the Senate Appropriations Committee immediately in strong opposition to AB 1330!

Talking Points

  • AB 1330 undermines access to existing courses in visual and performing arts and foreign language.
  • This TRACKS kids and potentially blocks them from the college pathway.
  • Career technical education in this bill does not add career technical education as a graduation requirement.
  • We support quality career technical education that is A-G aligned and integrates and infuses career technical education with other disciplines.
  • AB 1330 opens the door for districts to decrease the number of visual and performing arts AND foreign language courses.

 

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS NEEDED!!
PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING NOW IN OPPOSITION TO AB 1330:
1. Senate Committee on Appropriations:

Democratic Senators:
Chair: Christine Kehoe (San Diego)
916-651-4039
Elaine Alquist (Santa Clara)
916-651-4013
Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
916-651-4028
Fran Pavley (Agoura Hills)
916-651-4023
Curren Price (Los Angeles)
916-651-4026
Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento)
916-651-4006
Republican Senators:
Vice Chair: Mimi Walters (Laguna Niguel)
916-651-4033
Bill Emmerson (Riverside)
916-651-4037
Sharon Runner. (R-Antelope Valley)
916-651-4017

2. Additional links to other legislative information:


LEGISLATIVE ALERT – IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!!
AB 2446 is on the Governor’s Desk

PROPOSED ADDITION OF CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION CLASS TO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS TO REPLACE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS OR WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS – OPPOSE!

AB 2446 (FURUTANI) Graduation Requirements  
Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach, encourages students to take a course in career/technical education rather than one in visual and performing arts or world language!! 

If signed, AB 2446 would substitute a class in technical education for one in world language or visual and performing arts, limiting your child’s ability to speak another language or experience the widening horizons
gained through the visual and performing arts! We need to remember this author first started this process attacking Physical Education.  It was not right for Physical Education and it is not right for foreign language and VPA.

AB 2446 was held on the Suspense Calendar and referred to the Senate Rules Committee before being amended
and passed out of both houses on the last night of the session without any opportunity for public review and discussion.  In fact, only a mock-up of the amended bill was available to those voting on this measure!  The lack
of transparency doesn’t provide for public scrutiny and isn’t the way the process should workThe very way in which this bill was pushed through the legislature to go to Governor Schwarzenegger requires your opposition and request for the Governor’s veto.  Governor just had a radio spot “Open government” and this is a chance for him to demonstrate he is willing to follow his words with action.  A veto of AB 2446 would show open government is about more than money.

AB 2446 is on the Governor’s Desk.
There is no valid reason to replace these widely accepted courses in performing and visual arts or foreign
languages with courses in career technical education.  Students should graduate with some experience in another language (necessary in today’s global economy), and it is widely accepted that students who participate in some aspect of the arts are more likely to stay in school and perform academically better than those who do not.

Please contact Governor Schwarzenegger immediately to urge his veto on AB 2446!  It’s very wrong on policy and process.

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS NEEDED!!

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER NOW AND ASK HIM TO VETO
AB 2446:
The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone:  916-445-2841
Fax:  916-558-3160

Please sign your letters.  The Governor has until September 30th to take final action on this bill.


August 19, 2010

Physical Fitness Testing - Action Alert

This is a CAHPERD Action Alert to members asking you to contact, educate and inform your local legislators about the serious damage that two Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) budget cuts currently accepted by the Budget Committee could do to students, teachers and schools.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recommended to the Budget Committee within the overall proposed 2010-11 California State Budget, that funding provided to the California Department of Education (CDE) for the reporting of the State, District, School and Student Physical Fitness Test scores be eliminated and that the entire Physical Fitness Testing program be suspended. The stated rationale is that reporting of the PFT Scores does not offer a direct service to children therefore making it a low budget priority and that if PFT scores are not reported then the value of the test is so limited it can afford to be suspended for a year or longer. This proposal, if forwarded, would have a huge negative effect on physical education and the health and fitness of children in California. Based on past experience, even if it is not required to report the data, it is unlikely that many school districts will administer the PFT. Moreover, if it’s not mandated and administered, many schools and teachers may not provide instruction necessary to improve and achieve minimum levels of health-related fitness performance as measured by the PFT.

What YOU need to do to help:

  1. Contact your local Assembly member and Senator (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html)
  2. If you work or live in one of the budget committee members district, very important that you make contact multiple ways and times, and get other fellow constituents to do the same (see list below).
  3. If you live or work in one of the legislative leaders districts it is also very important you contact them about this. (also listed below).
  4. Contact the Governor’s office. Everyone needs to do this!!

What to SAY in your message; phone call, email, or letter to the legislators:
Be clear in your communication and include statements about how very cost effective this program is; if there is improvement in the scores overall health care costs are reduced, school attendance and academic scores are improved, all of this while testing only California’s 5th, 7th, and 9th grades annually.

  • Tell why physical fitness testing (PFT) is important to your STUDENTS and their families
  • Tell why PFT is important to YOU as teachers in planning lessons that are relevant for your students and meet their individual needs in relation to health-related fitness.
  • Tell them why PFT is important to your school and school district is planning physical education courses and programs that are relevant to the needs of your students.
  • Have you applied for and received and grant money where you used this PFT data?

Budget Committee Members

  • Denise Moreno Ducheny (D) 40th Senate District - Chair
  • Robert Dutton (R) 31st Senate District
  • Robert Huff (R) 29th Senate District
  • Mark Leno (D) 3rd Senate District
  • Alan S. Lowenthal (D), 27th Senate District
  • Robert Blumenfield (D) Assembly District 40 – Vice Chair
  • Connie Conway, (R) 34th Assembly District
  • Felipe Fuentes, (D) 39th Assembly District
  • Jim Nielson (R) 2nd Assembly District
  • Nancy Skinner (D) 14th Assembly District

Legislative Leadership

  • Darrell Steinberg 6th Senate District – Senate President Pro Tempore
  • Dennis Hollingsworth 36th Senate District, Senate Republican Leader
  • Robert Dutton (R) 31st Senate District, Minority Leader Elect (and budget committee member)
  • John Perez, 46th Assembly District, Assembly Speaker
  • Martin Garrick, 74th Assembly District
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA  95814
Telephone: 916-445-2841

The Fact Sheet was prepared with information related to the proposed budget cut. Please use this information to draft your communication to your local legislator.

Eliminating Physical Fitness Test Fact Sheet Adobe PDF

 

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