Last June, Delaware legislators passed a concurrent resolution which created a task force to look at curriculum for drug prevention in Delaware’s public schools. The final report came out on January 7th.
The task force was led by Delaware Senator Bryan Townsend and State Rep. Ruth Briggs-King. They met from September to December last fall. The main purpose of the task force was to make recommendations for the best drug prevention programs in our schools. The law demands evidence-based programs to curtail drug use in Delaware students but there is simply not enough evidence on the effectiveness of the many different programs utilized by the 19 school districts in Delaware.
One program stood out above all others. The Botvin program was frequently named in the task force minutes. I read the minutes last night but was not able to read through the Botvin material. When it comes to drug use in kids, I say whatever programs works best should be used by all districts. There was a lot of discussion about unfunded mandates among the group and the expense for these programs. This was followed by talk about local control or state control over these programs.
The report is very long but it is worth the read. I want to know more about the skateboarding program in Sweden that they use! Make it happen Erin!