Health professionals for students' needs

04/08/2014 3:04 PM

04/09/2014 6:26 PM

Re "EpiPen fight pits politics against kids' safety" (Editorials, April 4): As a parent of a public school student with a life-threatening allergy who carries an EpiPen, and as a 20-year high school teacher who witnessed many epileptic seizures, I am aware of the shortcomings of Sen. Bob Huff's legislation, Senate Bill 1266.

The women and men who work in our schools know what students need to be healthy and to be academically successful. That's why the California Federation of Teachers is sponsoring, along with Assemblyman Richard Pan, Assembly Bill 1955, "Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds," to ensure that students in our neediest communities have a full-time nurse, mental health professional and open libraries before and after school.

Huff's legislation goes in the wrong direction, relying on teacher volunteers, rather than putting essential resources into our schools, particularly for kids with the greatest needs. Our students deserve better, and our state has the resources to make this happen.

-- Joshua Pechthalt, California Federation of Teachers president, Burbank

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