STATEMENT FROM HEALTHCORPS PRESIDENT, MICHELLE BOUCHARD, ON THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) FUNDING

Posted 03/13/2016 | By HealthCorps

For Immediate Release.

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STATEMENT FROM HEALTHCORPS PRESIDENT, MICHELLE BOUCHARD, ON THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) FUNDING

Michelle Bouchard, President of HealthCorps, (www.healthcorps.org) a national not for profit dedicated to the health and wellness of our nation’s youth, issued the following statement on today’s 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):

The passage of ESSA was a great victory for a student’s well-rounded education, especially the inclusion of health and physical education, which had been marginalized during the NCLB era. As an organization that works on the front line against the childhood obesity epidemic in high need schools, we were thrilled with the creation of the Title IV Part A block grant and saw it as a commitment on the part of a bipartisan Congress to join in our fight.

We are outraged by the Labor HHS subcommittee’s decision to appropriate a mere $300M for this new block grant, a fraction of the authorized amount of $1.65B – and are fearful of the impact it will have on generations of students. We respectfully ask that the full committee reverse this error and fund this highly touted block grant at its authorized level.

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About Healthcorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens tools to improve physical and
mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. The program will impact almost 1 million students across 19 states in 2016.  The HealthCorps curriculum has been refined and developed in its in-school Living Labs program since 2003, where a full-time Coordinator is placed inside a high-need high school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices.  HealthCorps University is an intense professional development program that certifies participants to bring HealthCorps’ innovative health and wellness curriculum to their organization whether it’s a school system, community organization or corporation. In 2015, HealthCorps teamed with CK-12 to distribute free, interactive and customizable versions of the HealthCorps curriculum for educators and students to use.   For more information please visit Healthcorps.org

 

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