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Description: 2016 Republican Party Platform | 2016 Democratic Party Platform | News to Note

Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n Legalizing the Recreational Use of Marijuana Unintended Consequences In 2002 Colorado legalized the years prior to legalizause of marijuana for medicinal tion to 2.3 per 100 000 purposes and in 2014 expandtwo years after legalizaed that access to include recreation. tional use. At that time re Annual cases at the searchers predicted that the inpoison control centers creased availability of marijuana were 5 times higher would have an impact on the increasing from 9 in number of children that the 2009 to 47 in 2015. state s poison control centers Sources of marijuana and hospital emergency rooms were a parent grandwould see. Because these prodparent neighbor ucts are often packaged in edifriend babysitter or ble forms such as cookies or other family member. brownies the marijuana laced Most pediatric marijuaedibles are attractive to young na exposures involved children. infused edible products. In an article published in JAMA Many exposures happened because marijuaNetwork Journals in July the auna products weren t in thors provided data from 81 child-resistant containchildren seen in a hospital and ers there was poor 163 marijuana exposure calls to child supervision or a regional Colorado poison cenproduct storage issues. ter that bore out their earlier predictions. The median age of Source The Jama Network these children was 2.4 years for Journals Marijuana expothe hospital and 2 years for chil- sure in kids rose after recredren in the poison control cen- ational use legalized in Colorado. Science Daily 25 ters. July 2016 The authors reported these As the problem grows in findings size researchers at Johns The average rate of marijua- Hopkins Bloomberg School na-related visits to the hospi- of Public Health have made recommendations about tal doubled from 1.2 per Keeping Legalized Marijua100 000 population two na Out of Hands of Kids. According to the researchers The early August 2016 Public Policy Notes Inside this Issue days of marijuana legalization present a unique window of opportunity to create a regulatory environment that minimizes youth access. Strategies include 2016 Republican Party Platform 2016 Democratic Party Platform News to Note 2 3 4 Use tax policy to keep prices high. Tightly regulate retail availability of marijuana. Regulate the appearance of foods containing marijuana to prevent accidental ingestion by children and reduce the amount of THC in these foods. Child proof packaging can also prevent ingestion. Restrict the marketing of these products. Washington state banned cartoons toys or other pictures that appeal to children on packaging. Lessons Learned from Colorado As SECA states consider whether to legalize marijuana what should children s advocates be contributing to the debate If legalization oc- curs have any considerations such as child proof packaging been given to ensuring restricted access by young children Will a parent edu- cation campaign be needed to ensure the safety of young children The Republican Party Platform 2016 With the conclusion of the major party conventions and the nominations of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the stage has been set for the November elections. One of the outcomes of the conventions was the formal approval of the party platforms...statements of philosophical and political ideas that will set the stage for the candidates to campaign. Let s take a look at the Republican Platform. The Platform Principles We believe in American excep- system--limited government separation of powers federalism and the rights of the people must be preserved uncompromised for future generations. We believe political freedom literature curriculum in elective classes in high school. 8. Utilize the English First approach to ensure that all students have access to the mainstream of American life. 9. Replace family planning programs for teens with sexual risk avoidance education. 10. Support the original meaning of Title IX. 11. Decouple accreditation from federal financing for higher ed. and economic freedom are indivisible. We believe that people are the ultimate resources--and that the people not the government are the best stewards of our country s resources. The Platform contains six (6) sections and one section Great Ameri- tionalism. We believe that the United can Families Education Healthcare and Criminal Justice (pp. 31-40) provides a window into the educational philosophy of the party. States of America is unlike any other nation on earth. We believe America is excep- Major Points in the Platform 1. Support the traditional marriage structure as defined as that between a man and a woman. 2. Restructure poverty programs to create a culture of hope. 3. Recognize the role of parents as a child s first teachers. 4. Provide a broad range of educational choices for families. 5. Eliminate national educational standards. 6. Implement choice-based parentdriven accountability. 7. Allow the use of the Bible as Fallin Fox Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Representative Virginia Fox of North Carolina served as co-chairs of the Platform Committee. Subcommittee Chairs from the SECA States included Restoring the American Dream Joe Gruters (FL) and Delbert Hosemann (MS) tional because of our historic role...first as a refuge then as defender and now as exemplar of liberty for the world to see. We affirm--as did the Declara- tion of Independence that all are created equal endowed by their creator with inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We believe in the Constitution as our founding document. We believe the Constitution A Rebirth of Constitutional Government Rayna Casey (GA) & Leslie Rutledge (AR) was written not as a flexible document but as our enduring covenant. We believe our constitutional Great American Families Education Healthcare and Criminal Justice Carolyn McLarty (OK) America Resurgent Jim Carns (AL) To read the full text of the platform click here. Public Policy Notes The Democratic Platform 2016 The Democratic Party Platform was approved on July 21 2016. It varies significantly in content and tone from the Platform adopted by the Republican Party. The Platform Principles Major Points in the Platform Democrats believe we are We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights women s rights and workers rights LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities. Revitalize the national postal service. Embark on a program to build 21st century infrastructure throughout the country. Pursue an innovation agenda Science Research Education & Technology. stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone--an economy that grows incomes for working people creates good paying jobs and puts a middle class life within reach for economic growth which will create good paying jobs and raises wages. We believe a good education is The majority of the platform consists of proposed strategies and initiatives to address the issues outlined in the principles on which the Platform is based. We ll give you a brief idea of the major points however you will need to access the full document to determine how each strategy or initiative will fit into the overall picture of the proposed Democratic governance. End systemic racism and close the racial wealth gap. Reform the criminal justice system. Invest in rural America. Promote the arts and culture. Honor indigenous tribal a basic right of all Americans no matter what zip code they live in. We will end the school to prison pipeline and build a cradle to college pipeline instead where every child can live up to his or her God-given potential. We believe in helping Ameri- Raise workers wages including raising the federal minimum wage over a period of time to 15 per hour. Protect workers fundamental rights including the right to organize and join unions. The platform also makes the statement that right to work laws are wrong. Provide equal pay for women and protect women s rights. Pass a national paid family and medical leave act. Increase investments in quality childcare and boost wages for child care workers and those who care for aging adults. Protect and expand Social Security. nations. Provide debt-free college and relief from current student debt. Guarantee universal pre-K. Guarantee universal health care. Reduce prescription drug costs. Provide American leadership in cans balance work and family without fear of punishment or penalty. We believe in at last guaranteeing equal pay for women. Democrats believe we are stronger when we protect citizens right to vote while stopping corporations outsized influence in elections. Democrats believe we are the world. This is not a complete list but hits the high points in the document. To read the full text of the platform click here. stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose. Volume 9 Issue 8 Page 3 Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204 Phone 800-305-SECA Fax 501-227-5297 E-mail info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org How to Use Public Policy Notes If you re interested in advocacy one of the most effective tools that you can have is access to information. This newsletter is provided as a service to locate and share information that we think will be helpful to you in your work at the state level and to keep you updated on what s happening in public policy. You ll find information that Compares your state to other SECA states--how you re doing what issues you have in common what the hot topics are in your states. Brings the national scene to your fingertips and gives you a perspective on how national events might impact you...You ll also receive information about where to find additional information. We hope you ll find it helpful. Children need you to be their voice in your community and state. This monthly newsletter is produced by Glenda Bean SECA Executive Director. SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information A Voice for Southern Children that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http www.southernearlychildhood.org public-policy public-policy-notes to receive notice of its availability each month. News to Note Beginning in 2017 Louisiana will require students to learn cursive writing in 3rd grade and the instruction will continue throughout their years in school. This law (SB 275) signed by Governor John Bel Edwards in June applies to both public and charter schools. The state of Texas along with a dozen other states sued in May to block the federal directive meant to expand restroom access for transgender students in the nation s public schools. A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the directive and prohibited the federal government from enforcing it as the lawsuit proceeds. The judge issued a 38 page opinion this month. Country star Brad Paisley helped kickoff an effort in West Virginia in his home state to assist homeowners who were left homeless after the devastating floods in June. Homes for West Virginia is a partnership with local stakeholders and New Orleansbased SBP a disaster recovery nonprofit group founded after Hurricane Katrina. SBP has now created a disaster response program for South Louisiana. New Report The American Institutes for Research have produced a new report Primary Early-Care and Education Efforts and Achievement at Kindergarten Entry. This report provides new data showing that a growing percentage of children attend center-based care in the year before they attend kindergarten. Another Article of Interest from AIR Children Who Primarily At- tended Early Childcare Centers Before Kindergarten Start School With Higher Math and Reading Scores AIR Researchers Find