Some Utah school districts are buying alcohol and drug prevention curricula that may not meet state core curriculum requirements, Utah State School Board members were told Friday.
Leon Povey, director of the state's drug and alcohol abuse prevention program, said federal funds that have become available for school programs have been used to purchase curricula that might be less effective than the curriculum developed by the state."Our program has been working very effectively," Povey said. The University of Utah has been studying the effects of the curriculum in helping students avoid drug and alcohol abuse, he said, and "we've been able to make changes as needed."
Significant progress has been made in preparing teachers to present the curriculum. More than 8,000 teachers have been trained, and the program is in effect in all 40 districts "to some degree or another," Povey said.
He asked the board to draft a letter to local school districts urging them to stick with curricula that meet the state's goals for drug-free schools.
The board agreed to develop a letter and also approved formation of a committee to work in the areas of prevention, education, treatment and enforcement as they relate to schools. The committee will be empaneled for two years, then be subject to review.