Physical Education Funding Threatened by Budget Cuts and Department of Education Plan
A perfect storm is developing in Washington that could eliminate funding for physical education. Leaders in the House of Representatives are committed to reduce government spending. The recently passed budget does not include money for physical education (PEP).
In the President’s 2011 budget submitted in February 2010 calls for creation of a new “Well-Rounded” Education to provide funding for “arts, foreign languages, civics and government, history, geography, economics and financial literacy. Last March the Department of Education released its “Blueprint for Reform” of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It included the core subjects of English, Math and Science and funding for same subjects in the budget proposal as part of a ‘well-rounded’ education. Neither the Education Department budget nor the Education reform proposal included funds for PE.
From 2004-2008 Congressional support saved PEP from proposals to eliminate funding during the Bush Administration. The First Lady has made childhood obesity a national priority and launched the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to support her efforts. Our previous success in saving PEP was the result of a united effort by the PE community.
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Information on the success of our March 2 National Health Through Fitness Day can be found by clicking here.