Congress Passes Spending Bill for FY16
December 18, 2015
Congress passed an omnibus spending bill on December 18 that will fund the government through the remainder of FY2016. The bill includes $47 million for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant. PEP grants were also funded at $47 million in FY2015. This means that current PEP grantees who are in year three of their PEP grants during FY2016 will be able to receive their funding. The U.S. Department of Education will have to determine what to do with the surplus of funding after current grantees are awarded their funds.
Every Student Succeeds Act Signed by President
December 10, 2015
President Barack Obama delivered remarks and signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on December 10 at the White House. Watch the President's remarks and view the bill signing here.
Congratulations SHAPE America advocates!
Every Student Succeeds Act Passes Senate
December 9, 2015
The U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act with a vote of 85-12, to replace No Child Left Behind as the new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law on December 10. Click here to read SHAPE America's official statement on the bill.
Thank you to all the advocates that have attended a past SPEAK Out! Day and contacted their members of Congress in support of the inclusion of school health and physical education within this landmark bill!
ESEA Conference Report Passes House
December 2, 2015
ESEA Passes Conference Committee
November 19, 2015
The possibility of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) during this calendar year is looking more and more like a reality. Education leaders from the House and Senate have completed work this fall to come up with a compromise bill after the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act and the House passed the Student Success Act this summer. A conference committee was named with leaders from each chamber to meet to provide amendments and to vote on this compromise bill.The conference committee met on November 19th and passed ESEA legislation on a vote of 39-1. The final bill is expected to be released to the public at the end of November. While SHAPE America has not had the opportunity to read the legislative language yet, a number of Congressional champions for health and physical education were able to confirm the following details in the ESEA bill.
Every Child Achieves Act Passes in Senate
July 29, 2015
The Every Child Achieves Act passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote and supermajority to include health and physical education as core subjects and the reauthorization of the PEP grant. The Student Success Act passed the House on a last minute vote on strict party lines. The conference committee with education leaders from the House and Senate is expected to be assembled soon to come up with a compromise bill. Since the Senate bill was overwhelmingly bipartisan, it's likely that much of the bill will be retained during conference.
Student Success Act
February 27, 2015
On February 27, the House Education and Workforce Committee passed the Student Success Act which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and ultimately replace the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill was passed on party lines 21-16.
Chairman John Kline's (R-MN) bill makes no mention of health education and physical education and eliminates the PEP grant. The bill was scheduled for a flood vote in House on February 25th but the vote was pulled at the last minute due to lack of conservative Republican support for the bill. Visit the SHAPE America Legislative Action Center for updates on when the vote will be and how you can help to advocate for the inclusion of health education and physical education in the bill.
Physical Education Congressional Briefing
To view the presentation click here.