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  • 1. Public Policy that Matters for FCS Education: Mandates and Related Resources for Strengthening and Promoting Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • 2. Traditional Focus – CTE Legislation
    • FCS Education has historically been funded under federal vocational education/ career & technical education legislation
    • Currently operates as allowable use under the Carl D. Perkins Act of 1998 – slated to be reauthorized in summer 2006
    • Reauthorization to focus on: accountability for outcomes, academic as well as vocational achievement, career pathways
  • 3. Retaining CTE Funding
    • Continued Perkins funding will require quantitative evidence of program outcomes and not just anecdotal descriptions
    • Need to collect tangible facts about student and program outcomes and share them with local, state, national policymakers: graduation rates, college attendance, test score gains, earnings.
  • 4. Utilize Other Public Policies to Build Support for FCE Programming
    • Financial Literacy
    • School Wellness Policies
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
    • Healthy Marriage Initiative
    • Pregnant and Parenting Student Policies
    • Policies on Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • 5. Financial Literacy
    • The National Council on Economic Education reports that 38 states (76%) now have personal finance standards or guidelines
    • 21 states require them to be implemented
    • 8 states require a course to be offered; 7 states require a course for graduation
    • State-by-state information can be found in: Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education 2004 www.ncee.net
  • 6. School Wellness Policies
    • P.L. 108-265 – Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires all school districts with federally funded school meal programs to develop and implement wellness policies by the 2006-07 academic school year
  • 7. School Wellness Policies, con’t
    • Wellness policies must include goals for nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition guidelines for school meals and availability of other foods at school
    • State-by-state health & nutrition policies available at: Education Commission of the States www.ecs.org
    • See also: www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org ; www.schoolnutrition.org ; www.nanacoalition.org
  • 8. Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
    • Sexuality education laws vary greatly among states, although the federal government has spent $1Billion promoting abstinence-only approaches since 1982
    • Many states have guidelines for what must be included in sexuality education and how, if it is taught (e.g., an abstinence-only approach, medically accurate information, and parent permission)
    • Many states require specific instruction on prevention of HIV/AIDS
  • 9. Sexual and Reproductive Health Education, con’t
    • State-by-state listing of policies and guidelines can be found at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States www.siecus.org
    • Monthly state policy updates on sexuality education and reproductive health and numerous resources, including a Powerpoint presentation on need for sexuality education, can be found at the Guttmacher Institute www.guttmacher.org
  • 10. Healthy Marriage Initiative
    • Included as part of the 2005 reauthorization of TANF legislation (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families – Welfare Reform), signed Feb. 8, 2006.
    • Authorizes $150 million to “help couples gain greater access to services… necessary to form and sustain a healthy marriage.”
  • 11. Healthy Marriage, cont.
    • Up to $50 million may be used to encourage responsible fatherhood
    • Funds may be used for 8 activities including high school education on the value of marriage.
    • More information is available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage
  • 12. Education for Pregnant and/or Parenting Students
    • State policies vary widely from no policy to requiring local districts to provide special teenage parent programs
    • Several states that do not require special programs provide funding for districts that offer them
    • A state-by-state listing of policies can be found at the National Association of State Boards of Education website www.nasbe.org/healthyschools/States/Pregnant%20&%20Parenting.html
  • 13. Policies Related to Shaken Baby Syndrome
    • The Skipper Initiative (Shaking Kills: Instead Parents Please Educate and Remember) is promoting education programs and policies to prevent SBS
    • Efforts have resulted in legislation in 7 states requiring education for high school and middle school students on shaken baby syndrome (Wisconsin, Nebraska, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania)
  • 14. Shaken Baby Syndrome, cont.
    • U.S. Senate adopted a resolution designating the third week of April as the National SBS Awareness Week; House action on a counterpart bill is pending
    • For more information see: www.skippervigil.com
  • 15. Implications:
    • Existing policies can be used to advocate for expanded role of FCS Education
    • Policies in one location can be used to advocate for similar mandates/guidelines in other states/localities
  • 16. Developed by:
    • Wendy L. Way
    • Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison

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