Legislation Supporting Physical Education
The New Era – Congress Pushes Funds To The States
In 2016, as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the U.S. Congress took money which was previously allocated to the Physical Education Program (PEP) and pushed it to the individual states. Those PEP funds will be combined with other funds which were previously allocated by the Federal Government to individual school programs.
Here is the good news. There will be more funds than in previous years. But, there are some real challenges, as well.
While there are more funds, there is no guaranteed or ‘targeted’ allocation to physical education. In fact, all of the PEP funds could be used for other non-physical activity purposes. So, the challenge for local school and P.E. administrators is to fight hard and early for these new funds in their states. Applicants must use all their resources to show and prove the value of physical education and make sure more funds are dedicated to physical education rather than other ‘competing’ programs. The good news is PHIT America has research and quotes which can help you win these grants. Please refer to the blue gray box to the right for some great information.
We urge all local P.E. teachers who are interested in securing funds from their state to immediately contact their State Department of Education for more information. Nothing more has been published to inform you about this topic, as of January 2016.
The State of P.E. in the USA – The Need For Support Is Huge
There has never been a time where physical education programs in U.S. schools needed more support. Just look at some of the facts:
- The average budget for P.E. for the average school is now just $764 per year.
- 48% of all high schools have no P.E.
- Many schools have eliminated recess and other physical activity breaks.
- In a study by Pediatrics Magazine, teens are now only moving 23 minutes a day during the school day.
- Much of the elimination of physical activity in schools has been done to focus on academics, but America’s academic ranking around the world has actually slipped – See details on this web page.
- Children in the U.S. need more physical activity in their lives, especially during the school day.
- Kids who are active do better in school – see research and expert views here.
– See more at: http://www.phitamerica.org/Leglislation/Physical_Education_Legislation.htm#sthash.vHyLeSPV.dpuf