Action Alert

August 11, 2014

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING CTC

CAHPERD has been keeping all members informed of the status of the proposed Title 5 California Code of Regulations amendments, Section 80037c, to allow a special teaching authorization in Physical Education to individuals who have no college degree, but who possess a Designated Subjects Special Subjects Teaching Credential in Basic Military Drill (BMD) or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and pass the CBEST and CSET:  

The Special Teaching Authorization in Physical Education authorizes the holder to teach physical education courses in basic military drill and physical fitness training in grades 12 and below, and classes organized primarily for adults.  

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing, CTC, sent the regulations to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for review. The OAL must determine, by September 9, 2014, if the proposed regulations meet several legal standards before they can become law. 

Since the last CAHPERD update, "Viewpoints: Change in teacher credentialing is a step backward," by President-Elect Dr. Betty Hennessy and President Chad Fenwick, was published in the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The article can be shared as a Sacramento Bee publication. Follow the link to the read the article: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/06/6607676/viewpoints-change-in-teacher-credentialing.html 

STRATEGIES TO EMPLOY WHEN ADDRESSING LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION AND SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS

 CAHPERD leaders have been informed that school districts are misinterpreting that the proposed regulations are passed Title 5 Regulations. Under the current Title 5 Regulations, giving physical education credit for ROTC or BMD taught by an instructor who does not possess baccalaureate degree and a Single or Multiple Subject Credential would be a misassignment (See #3). Should the Title 5 Regulations be passed, implementation will be left to local control. To assist members with addressing their local board of educations and district administrators, numerous strategies and questions have been provided. Please take time to read through the information provided and contact CAHPERD for assistance at reception@cahperd.org.

  1. Be aware that although the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) voted on June 19th to approve the "authorization," the Title 5 proposed amendment cannot be enacted until approved by the Office of Administrative Law, which has until September 9th to act.
  2. Be clear on the exact wording of the Title 5 proposed amendment, which follows: The Special Teaching Authorization in Physical Education authorizes the holder to teach physical education courses in basic military drill and physical fitness training in grades 12 and below, and classes organized primarily for adults.
  3. Recognize that school districts have local control. Local boards of education approve course content for credit given. They can assign teachers to teach physical education if the individual 1) holds a Single Subject Credential in Physical Education obtained via course work or examination, the California Subject Examination Test (CSET), 2) holds a Single Subject Credential in another area or a Multiple Subject Credential and has passed the CSET in Physical Education, and 3) holds a Single Subject Credential in another area and is temporarily assigned (one year) to teach physical education based upon the Committee on Assignment Option that validates a) the teacher's subject matter competence, b) the temporary assignment is due to teacher shortage, and c) the assignment is made with the individual's consent. Therefore, focus on the local public credibility and quality desired for teaching students in your particular district. Even though the CTC action may allow the lowering of state standards for teaching, emphasize the desire of your district to set exemplary teaching standards.
  4. Focus on the fact that ROTC/BMD instructors have the DSSS (Designated Subjects Special Subjects) credential. This credential is intended for non-academic subjects. DSSS credential holders are neither required to have a Bachelor's Degree nor required to have passed any courses in higher education. Physical education is a core academic subject that is required for graduation. Physical education teachers are required by Education Code established by the Legislature to have a Single Subject credential in physical education. The minimum requirement for a Single Subject credential is a baccalaureate degree. The Single Subject credential also requires a reading course, English language certification, a pedagogy course, and a technology course at the minimum. The DSSS credential requires none of these. As a matter of fact, the DSSS credential requires neither the CBEST nor the CSET. Only these latter two items would be required to meet the CTC "authorization." Some ROTC and BMD instructors may say that they have baccalaureate degrees, and some may have such a degree; however, the DSSS credential requires nothing more than a high school diploma/GED. Therefore, if a district policy is changed to allow instructors with a DSSS credential to teach physical education, there are no assurances that other/future DSSS credential holders will have any higher education degrees because they can only be hired on the basis of whether or not they have the DSSS credential.
  5. Emphasize that physical education credentialing programs are teaching Common Core strategies that ROTC/BMD personnel do not receive. Furthermore, the physical education professional association, CAHPERD, is collaborating with physical education teachers and school districts regarding CCSS. ROTC/BMD instructors are not prepared to support and promote the Common Core strategies in schools.
  6. Recognize that many, if not most, high performing districts throughout the state have no JROTC/BMD programs!
  7. Recognize that some districts that offer ROTC/BMD programs to students only as extracurricular or elective programs, not as a substitution for physical education. Supplementing physical education programs, rather than supplanting physical education courses, is the model recommended in policies set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association for State Boards of Education, the California State Board of Education (which has turned down waivers for course substitutions), and the California Legislature (which has voted down bills for course substitutions).
  8. Recognize that some districts that allow partial credit for physical education for select aspects of JROTC courses that may help students meet a few state curriculum standards require the JROTC instructors to obtain a Single Subject credential in physical education.
  9. Focus on the district curriculum standards and assessment. Compare the curriculum in JROTC courses and BMD courses to the district standards and assessment. Most JROTC courses are set nationally and include many subject areas (such as military history) that are not related to physical fitness or physical education. Many of the military programs are not flexible in terms of modifying the curriculum to meet California school district physical education standards.
  10. Recognize that the California Education Code ( §51225.3) mandates that EACH high school student be evaluated on his/her progress in EACH of the following activity areas: effects of physical activity upon dynamic health, mechanics of body movement, individual and dual sports, rhythms and dance; tumbling and gymnastics, combatives, and aquatics. Every district needs to have student assessment tools in place for each of these areas and keep records regarding the progress of every student.
  11. Provide available research data that indicates JROTC classes do not keep students as active as physical education classes.
  12. Focus on class size issues and equity. JROTC and BMD programs limit the number of students in each class. If students are to have equity and equal opportunities in physical education classes, all classes should be limited/capped to the same size. If teachers are to be evaluated on their instruction, classes should be limited/capped to the same size. Focus on class size limits for every class, not on physical education class size averages; because when class sizes are limited in programs such as JROTC and BMD, class sizes in other physical education programs tend to become very large leading to safety and education risks for students.
  13. Would the school allow policies that allow students to be eliminated from JROTC/BMD programs during the year? If so, would these students then be shunted into the "regular" physical education program? If students cannot be dropped from the "regular" physical education program, the policies should not allow them to be dropped from the ROTC/BMD classes.
  14. Look at the financial aspects of the program. There are studies that indicate that JROTC programs are more costly even though the federal branches of the military may pay for half the salary of the instructor and the JROTC curriculum materials. The California Cadet Corps does not pay any of the funds for its BMD instructors, although it may pay for the BMD curriculum materials. Do these programs pay for any of the facilities? What is the district salary scale for these instructors?
  15. Teachers and future professionals usually pay their own CTC fees for testing and credentialing. The failure rate for the physical education CSET tends to be very high for individuals who have not received an undergraduate degree in physical education content preparation. The costs of taking the CBEST and CSET, plus getting the results, may cost well over $200.00 per person per attempt. Who will pay these test fee and credentialing costs for the ROTC/BMD instructors? The instructors or the taxpayers?
  16. If classroom facilities are provided for JROTC/BMD programs, does every class in physical education have access to the same size classroom facilities?
  17. How would the ROTC/BMD instructors interact with the physical education department program, department meetings, physical education professional development programs, physical education professional association workshops, and the school/district wellness councils? What assessment tools would be utilized by the ROTC/BMD personnel to document achievement of district physical education content standards?
  18. How will all required physical education instruction time requirements be monitored and met if any part of the JROTC/BMD course addresses topics other than physical education?
  19. Will the district attempt to hire JROTC/BMD instructors who have not passed the tests and therefore do not have any "authorization" from the CTC? Will such hiring practices be reported to the CTC as "misassignments?"
  20. Since JROTC/BMD curriculum includes history-social science, language arts, mathematics, science and other areas, will the district also provide course credit in other subject areas for JROTC/BMD? If not, how will the JROTC/BMD instructors plan to address all areas of the JROTC/BMD national and state military department curriculum materials since these areas do not comply with the instructional minute requirements for physical education?
  21. Will the failure of the district to meet physical education instructional time minute requirements be reported to the CDE for monitoring of the district?
  22. Will the failure of the district to follow the legal mandate of evaluating every high school student on his/her progress in each of the activity areas be reported to the CDE for monitoring?
  23. Don't try to address the issue alone! Collaborate with your school/district physical education advisory committee consisting of parents, students, higher education personnel, and community leaders and health organizations. Collaborate with the members of your district Wellness Committee. Collaborate with your colleagues in other subject areas and with your teachers association and union.
  24. Notify CAHPERD of the status, whether positive or negative or no programs, related to JROTC/BMD in your district, as CAHPERD wishes to compile and maintain data and district models to share with other districts when requested.

 August 4, 2014

IMPORTANT CTC UPDATE AND ACTION ALERT

As previously announced, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) voted on June 19th to send proposed Title 5 California Code of Regulations amendments to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for final review. The amendments add Section 80037c to allow a special teaching authorization in Physical Education to individuals who have no college degree, but who possess a Designated Subjects Special Subjects Teaching Credential in Basic Military Drill (BMD) or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and pass the CBEST and CSET.

The Special Teaching Authorization in Physical Education authorizes the holder to teach physical education courses in basic military drill and physical fitness training in grades 12 and below, and classes organized primarily for adults.

The OAL must determine by September 9, 2014 if the proposed regulations meet several legal standards before they can become law. CAHPERD opposes attaching an academic teaching authorization to a non-academic credential.

Since June 19, CAHPERD leaders have been hard at work developing media releases. At the July Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved a contract with a communication specialist who is providing valuable guidance. It appears promising that a commentary may appear in a major newspaper this week. Members will be notified if the commentary is published.

What Can You Do?

All CAHPERD members and their colleagues, family and friends are encouraged to contact local newspapers with “letters to the editor” regarding the shocking proposal of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to authorize BMD and ROTC credential holders who only need to pass the CBEST and CSET tests to obtain a special authorization in physical education.

To assist you in developing such letters, you will find “Key Media Points” and “Guidelines for Letters to the Editor.” Please note that every local newspaper may have its own guidelines, including the maximum number of words that may be used. The “Key Media Points” document has 186 words, which is more than double the amount of words allowed by most newspapers, so you will need to select just one, two or three of the Key Media Points to discuss by making local connections while staying within the maximum number of words for your local newspaper.

If you are interested in writing a commentary article for your local newspaper, please contact the CAHPERD office for further guidelines and assistance.

Our communication specialist has indicated that blogs that follow opinion articles provide the basis for an effective media campaign. Always watch for any news articles related to our fields and use blogging as an effective campaign strategy.

Thank you for your assistance in supporting media attention to this critical issue.

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Key Media Points for Letters to the Editors of Local Newspapers
Regarding the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is no longer needed to teach core academic subjects in public schools according to recent actions of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • The Commission on Teacher Credentialing is attaching an academic teaching authorization to  a non-academic credential
  • The Commission explains that it focuses on credentials, not on whether teachers have any higher education degrees; the Commission is therefore not following the Legislature’s minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree for academic subjects
  • The Commission voted on June 19th to lower standards for teaching core academic subjects, eliminating five key requirements, including the Bachelor’s degree
  • The Commission has compromised quality programs for students by lowering teaching standards and encouraging course substitutions
  • The Commission has created chaos and confusion, and has compromised the safety and education of students, by authorizing unqualified personnel to teach core academic subject areas.

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Guidelines for “Letters to the Editor” of Local Newspapers

  • Check the word limit for letters to the editor of your local newspaper (usually in the range of 75-150 words)
  • Include your real name, postal address and daytime phone number
  • Indicate the headline of the story or letter to which you are responding, if that is the case; otherwise, list the topic of your letter
  • Use the online form if one is provided by your local newspaper
  • Check to see if your newspaper has an option to submit via email
  • Be engaging, polite and factual
  • Use local angles and connections whenever possible
  • Use humor when possible and appropriate
  • Be sure to double-check facts, spelling and grammar before submitting your letter
  • Do not expect feedback from your local newspaper
  • Be aware that your letter may be edited by the newspaper for clarity, brevity and content

 

July 3, 2014

Update on CTC Action

CAHPERD leaders have been keeping a close eye on the actions of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing with regard to the proposed amendments to Title 5, which would allow a “special teaching authorization” in Physical Education for instructors of ROTC and Basic Military Drill (BMD).  Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, at the June 19th meeting of the CTC, all but two of the Commissioners voted to approve the proposed regulations.

 It is important to note that Commission action cannot go into effect until the “rulemaking file” is submitted by the CTC to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), and that agency conducts a complete review to ensure compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act.  We are staying on top of this as we consider next steps, and also contacting media outlets to share information about the issue and the process.

 Sincere appreciation is extended to everyone who attended meetings to provide testimony and those who took the time to write in during public comment periods.  The CTC received an astonishing 830+ written comments in opposition to this proposal.  In addition, at least 16 of the 21 CSU Kinesiology Department Chairs expressed their opposition. Click here to view the comments submitted, and the responses from the CTC.

We will keep our members informed as we continue to monitor the timeline for submission of the amended regulations to the OAL, as well as their progress in reviewing the documentation.

We are extremely grateful for all who have been engaged in this ongoing effort to maintain high teaching standards in our profession.  We appreciate your continued support!

Background, Public Comments and CTC Responses 


May 3, 2014

URGENT – ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!   

All CTC letters of opposition must be postmarked by May 13, 2014 and sent to:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Attn: Tammy Duggan
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, California 95811

If the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) does not get letters of opposition to the proposed Title 5 California Code of Regulations (5 CCR) language to allow a Special Authorization in Physical Education for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Basic Military Drill (BMD), the language of the proposal will stand. CTC must receive letters of opposition for this item to be placed on the June CTC meeting agenda.

What Can You Do?  

  • It is imperative that you send a letter of opposition even if you have not provided prior public comment. 
    • Fill out the required information. 
    • Insert your letter or comments of opposition: 
      • You may read the official letter being sent by CAHPERD. Click here. (PDF) 
      • You may copy and paste any or all of the bulleted points provided below or your may insert your own personal views: 
        • The proposed Title 5 Regulations exceed the level of power granted by the Legislature to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as the Legislature has not given the CTC authority to waive the baccalaureate degree requirement for the California Subject Examination Test (CSET) for any academic content area. The Legislature has never equated four years of work experience with the baccalaureate degree.
        • The CTC has a duty to ensure that credential holders are appropriately assigned. Instead, the CTC is lowering credential requirements for only one of the content areas minimally required for high school graduation: physical education!
        • The commission is attempting to add an academic authorization to a Designated Subjects Special Subjects (DSSS) credential by waiving the baccalaureate degree as a minimum requirement for the CSET.
        • The "Special Teaching Authorization in Physical Education" will allow preliminary DSSS credential holders to teach physical education in ROTC and BMD without possessing the following: 1) a baccalaureate degree, 2) English Learner (EL) certification, 3) technology competency, and 4) a subject specific pedagogy course. These omissions result in lower teacher preparation standards and thus deny students access to qualified teachers in a state-mandated graduation requirement subject.
        • The proposed Title 5 Regulation amendments are not and never were needed. California is a local control state. Local governing boards have the authority to identify course content for credit given. They need to provide appropriately credentialed teachers for all courses and may do so using a variety of different options by following specified procedures.
        • This issue is not about increasing or limiting student choices; it is about upholding the teacher preparation standard across all content areas.
        • Confusion exists in the proposed authorization and some students may be denied access to an appropriate education if a local governing board incorrectly assumes that marching and physical fitness training meet all of the state mandated physical education content areas.
        • The only data provided by the CTC to support the proposed regulations were the listing of nine states that offer a physical education exemption for JROTC participation. Data, posted on the Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicate that each of these states has a higher obesity prevalence rate than California.
        • Research has been provided to the CTC that more activity time is provided in physical education than in JROTC at the sites observed in the study. (M. Lounsbery et. al., Research Quarterly, in press). The results support the premise that student health is better addressed in physical education than in ROTC or BMD.
        • These proposed regulations could have a negative impact on the implementation of local school wellness policies as physical education is an integral part of the wellness policy.
        • FITNESSGRAM® scores are highly correlated to achievement scores. (CDE) Quality physical education that focuses on health-related fitness supports both student health and achievement.
        • Declining enrollment in an elective subject area is not sound educational rationale for submitting a proposal to lower credentialing standards for a mandated subject content area.
        • The actions of the CTC to develop and move these regulations forward enlarge the scope of the power conferred upon the CTC by the Legislature and fail to follow all of the Administrative Procedures Act Standards and Procedures for the California Title 5 Code of Regulations. 
      • To show maximum opposition, get multiple individuals to sign your letter of opposition: colleagues from all disciplines, who are not CAHPERD members, parents, administrators, students, and citizens (family members, neighbors, etc.), using the following format: 
        _____________   _____________________   _____________
          Printed name      Title: Job/Parent/Citizen        Signature 
  • Send copies of the letter to your legislators, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and Dr. Mary Sandy, CTC Executive Director. 
    • Contact Information:
      • Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.  
        Phone: 916-445-2841  
        FAX: 916-558-3160  
        E-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php 
        Mail:       
               The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor  
               State of California  
               State Capitol Building        
               Sacramento, CA 95814
      • Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
        Phone:  916-319-0800  
        FAX: 916-319-0100  
        E-mail:  superintendent@cde.ca.gov 
        Mail:  
               Mr. Tom Torlakson  
               Superintendent of Public Instruction  
               1430 N Street, Ste. 5602  
               Sacramento, CA 95814  
      • Dr. Mary Sandy
        Executive Director 
        California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 
        FAX: 916-322-0048 
        E-mail:  msandy@ctc.ca.gov   
  • Save the date: June 19-20, 2014. Strongly consider attending the June 2014 CTC meeting to give verbal public comment. Please inform the CAHPERD, reception@cahperd.org, if you plan to attend.

 

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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