SHAPE America Statement


Low Funding Level Proposed for Title IV, Part A Under ESSA

SHAPE America has issued the following statement on the Senate Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee bill to fund the Department of Education and the nation's new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for FY2017:

We are extremely disappointed in the Subcommittee funding level of $300 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program, Title IV, Part A. This amount is more than a billion dollars less than the authorized amount of $1.65 billion, which was agreed to in the bipartisan passage of ESSA. Title IV, Part A is the consolidation of numerous competitive programs, including the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), the only federal program that was specifically designated for physical education.

SHAPE America initially supported the consolidation of programs into this new block grant because we believed in the promise of the authorized funding level, not only for physical education but for health education, mental health programs, art, music and others. At such a low funding level, school districts will not have the flexibility to set funding priorities and it will not make a significant impact in any school district.   

On behalf of the membership of SHAPE America, we ask that the full committee follow through on the promise that was made to our nation's students and appropriate funds for Title IV, Part A at the authorized level of $1.65 billion for FY 2017. 



About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit