Advocacy News

PEP Maintains Funding for FY 2014

The US House and Senate have approved an omnibus spending bill that will fund federal government operations through September 20, 2014. The bill included $74.5 million for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).

PEP has been targeted for elimination in recent years by some members of the US House of Representatives. In an era where federal budgets are shrinking but childhood obesity rates are growing, maintaining this vital funding for quality physical education programs is imperative.

The US Department of Education has decided to fund down the slate of applications received for FY 2013 and therefore will not be accepting new applications for FY 2014.

Ask your members of Congress to continue to support PEP grant funding!


PHYSICAL Act

The Promoting Health as Youth Skills in Classroom and Life (PHYSICAL) Act designates health and physical education as core subjects in federal education law. This would allow school districts and schools to spend Title I (programs in priority schools) and Title II (teacher professional development) funds on these subjects. It would also elevate health and physical education to the level of other core academic subjects like art, civics and geography.

The PHYSICAL Act, S. 392, was introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) on February 27. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the PHYSICAL Act, H.R. 2160, in the House on May 23. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) joined Fudge as original cosponsors of the bill.

Ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the PHYSICAL Act to designate health and physical education as core subjects!


PEP Grants Awarded for FY 2013

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), administered by the U.S. Department of Education, was funded at $74.7 million for FY 2013. This number reflects the mandatory 5% cut to all education programs due to sequestration. 60 new grants were awarded to local education agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in grades K-12. Congratulations winners - view a list of grantees here!


Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the federal education law that covers elementary and secondary education in the United States. The current version of ESEA - known as No Child Left Behind - is seven years overdue for reauthorization. Both the U.S. Senate and House passed ESEA reauthorization bills through their respective education committees in June.

The full House of Representatives passed their ESEA bill on July 19 with a floor vote of 221-207. Twelve Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill. The Student Success Act makes no mention of health and physical education and eliminates the PEP grant. The Senate has yet to bring their ESEA bill to the floor yet but it does address both health and physical education.  

Ask your members of Congress to include health and physical education as core subjects in ESEA reauthorization!