Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
This is an important time for educators to promote Common Core standards and critical thinking skills that will help prepare students to understand and actively participate in the world of work.
May is Labor History Month. Enacted by legislation in 2002, and amended in 2012 to cover the full month of May, Education Code (EC) Section 51009 encourages schools “ . . . to commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.”
Labor Code (LC) Section 6359 establishes a statewide young worker health and safety resource network to “…coordinate and augment existing outreach and education efforts and provide technical assistance, education materials and other support to schools, job training programs, employers and other organizations working to education students and their communities about workplace health and safety and child labor laws.” This network these efforts during Safe Jobs for Youth Month.
I am pleased to join John A. Pérez, Speaker of the State Assembly; the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety; the California Federation of Teachers; the California Teachers Association; the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO; the State Building and Construction Trades Council; and other members of the Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education, to encourage the State’s public schools to participate in this educational effort.
A growing number of Web sites have teaching and learning resources about the historical achievements of the labor movement, including those listed below. Please disseminate this information as widely as possible.
The California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety is a project funded by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensations, led by the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley. It offers materials and activities for Safe Jobs for Youth Mouth Web page at http://youngworkers.org/safe_month/index.html, including the following activities for schools:
With these exciting materials and instructional possibilities, you should have no difficulty helping your students to participate in Labor History Month and Safe Jobs for Youth Month. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor, Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, by phone at 916-319-0800.