ESSA Bill Passes
Congratulations to the Students of America!
On December 9th, the U.S. Senate joined the House in passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), replacing No Child Left Behind. President Obama signed the bill into law the next day. As a result, the role of both school health and physical education has been elevated and acknowledged as part of a student’s “well-rounded” education. The term well-rounded education replaces the term “core subjects” that was used in previous ESEA proposals. Designation as part of a well-rounded education means that school districts and schools will have the opportunity to utilize federal funds for physical education programs — something that was limited under No Child Left Behind. In addition, school health, physical education and physical activity programs will have access to significant funding under Title IV of the bill.
Thank you Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Patty Murray, SHAPE America, American Heart Association and HealthCorps’ Karen Johnson!