Public Comment for the Revised DRAFT 2019 Health Education Framework

The first 60-day public comment and review period took place from April 2018 through June 2018, and the second 60-day public comment and review period is scheduled to take place from November 1, 2018, through January 11, 2019. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits on the draft Health Education Framework to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC).

This last Spring, United Parents joined with many other organizations throughout California to take advantage of this opportunity to have our voices heard. Many of us reviewed and agreed with the concerns shared by Eric Beuhrer (Gateways to Better Education) and simply cut-and-pasted his recommendations into our own documents to save time. Unfortunately, it appears that whenever identical language was identified, those submissions may have been lumped together as if sent by the same person, rather than from hundreds of individuals who agreed with Eric’s analysis.

If all you have is 30 minutes . . . give 30 minutes. Here’s what you do:

  1. Click on the chapter links (in green below) that concern you most and to search for certain words that may be concerning to you (words like: gender, sex, condom, oral, anal, etc.), use “CTRL-F” for PC or “Show Find & Replace” for Mac.

  2. Read the paragraph(s) where those words are found and determine if you would like to make a recommendation.

  3. Record your suggestions/objections onto the Word document titled: “Public Input Template” which you will need to download. Recommendations should be specific, and include suggestions for alternative wording (or deletion). Do not preach or complain.

  4. Fill out the Public Input Template document as a Microsoft Word file (.DOC or .DOCX), and submit it via email to healtheducationframework@cde.ca.gov.

Hopefully, our voices will be heard this time around. Our goal is to enlist the help of 10,000 people. We hope you will join with us and SPEAK UP!