Date: February 24, 2005
Dear County and District Superintendents, and Charter School Administrators:
The California Department of Education (CDE) received inquiries regarding the appropriateness of using the Narconon Drug Abuse and Prevention Program materials and speakers in public schools. In response to these questions, I asked the California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) to evaluate the Narconon program.
The CHKRC found that:
The Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSC) requires schools to use funds to support prevention programs for which scientific research provides evidence that the program actually reduces or prevents violence and drug use.
Fortunately, many programs are available to schools that have evidence of efficacy in preventing violence or drug use. Every school should focus on implementing the science-based programs and research-based activities listed in the Local Education Agency (LEA) Plan filed by school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools. Those programs and activities have been rigorously evaluated and found to provide accurate information, effective instruction, and reduce drug use or violence.
For more information on these LEA Plans, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/sr/le/.
For a copy of the California Healthy Kids Resource Center's report, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at/narcononevaluation.asp.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Safe and Healthy Kids Program Office at 916- 319-0920.
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