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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #12-41
May 7, 2012
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces School Districts
to Receive Funding to Prevent Tobacco Use Among Students

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced more resources going to California school districts working to enforce tobacco-free school policies and to collect data regarding the prevalence of tobacco use and other health risk behaviors among their students.

Thirty school districts will share $410,826 in Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE): Grades Six Through Twelve Tier 1 funding. The list of winners is attached.

"Schools can help our kids learn to avoid dangerous behaviors—including tobacco use—early," said Torlakson. "Part of my goal when I started my Team California for Healthy Kids initiative was to get kids active and healthy because this will help them learn and become more successful later in life."

Torlakson's started his Team California for Healthy Kids - Initiatives & Programs last year to promote healthy eating and physical activity among students every day. Research confirms there is a clear connection between good health and academic success. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, teens who smoke often experience secondary behavioral issues such as violence, drug and alcohol use, and high-risk sexual behavior—all of which can negatively affect a child's education, research shows.

TUPE is a three-year, $16.5 million competitive state grant designed to teach youth in grades six through twelve about how to prevent and reduce the use of tobacco. The $410,826 announced today is the first phase of funding for new applicants. The program enables students to attend school, free from the health risks associated with tobacco use and second-hand smoke. The TUPE program also encourages schools to work with the community and parents so students will be aware that everyone is involved in their success in school.

The 30 winners were selected because they had demonstrated the highest levels of involvement and commitment in their tobacco-use prevention efforts, and proposed programs that will likely be effective.

For more information, please visit the California Department of Education Web page entitled Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program - Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Prevention.

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Attachment
Tobacco-Use Prevention Education:
Grades Six through Twelve Tier 1 2012-13 Awardees

County

Local Educational Agency

Amount

Alameda

Pleasanton Unified School District

$4,500

Amador

Amador County Unified School District

4,500

Del Norte

Del Norte County Office of Education

9,000

Fresno

Fresno County Office of Education

40,500

Humboldt

Fortuna Union High School District

4,500

Imperial

Imperial County Office of Education

54,000

Inyo

Inyo County Office of Education

18,000

Kern

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

58,500

Lassen

Lassen County Office of Education

40,500

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Office of Education

40,500

Modoc

Modoc County Office of Education

9,000

Monterey

Monterey County Office of Education

4,500

Monterey

Pacific Grove Unified School District

4,500

Monterey

Salinas Union High School District

4,500

Monterey

Washington Union Elementary School District

1,332

Monterey

North Monterey County Unified School District

4,500

Plumas

Plumas County Office of Education

4,500

Riverside

Beaumont Unified School District

4,494

Riverside

Jurupa Unified School District

4,500

Riverside

Nuview Union School District

4,500

Riverside

Romoland School District

4,500

Riverside

Lake Elsinore Unified School District

4,500

Riverside

Val Verde Unified School District

4,500

San Benito

San Benito County Office of Education

13,500

San Diego

San Diego County Office of Education

22,500

San Mateo

Burlingame Elementary School District

4,500

San Mateo

Las Lomitas Elementary School District

4,500

San Mateo

San Bruno Park Elementary School District

4,500

Santa Clara

Berryessa Union Elementary School District

4,500

Yolo

Yolo County Office of Education

22,500

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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