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Action Alert: SUPPORT FULL FUNDING FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PEP Grants)
August 29, 2015.
The NCYS is a proud member of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). Together the NCPPA member organizations are campaigning to preserve physical education at the federal level. NCYS is asking for your support and have put together the attached advocate letter. It is important that we coordinate our efforts using our collective resources as a coalition to take these messages far and wide in efforts to help save physical education.
We have been told by Members of Congress that if they don't hear from us on the importance of dedicated funding for physical education (PEP Grants) then we will lose that funding in appropriations and once lost, it will be very difficult to ever get it back.
As a brief reminder, before the August recess, the Senate passed their ESEA Reauthorization bill, S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, 81-17. The bill included the following physical education provisions:
1. Physical education is listed as an acceptable use in Senator Alexander's consolidated grant program.
2. Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) is included (but not funded).
3. Physical education is included as a core subject.
These provisions need to make it through what is anticipated to be a difficult conference committee reconciliation, given the vast differences between the House and the Senate bill. Notably, the House bill eliminated all of physical education.
Note: a conference committee is formed to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions. If the conferees are unable to reach agreement, the legislation dies. If agreement is reached, a conference report is prepared describing the committee members recommendations for changes. Both the House and Senate must approve of the conference report. After a bill has been approved by both the House and Senate in identical form, it is sent to the President. If the President approves of the legislation he signs it and it becomes law.
Please reach out to your Members of Congress NOW to let them know how important it is to preserve physical education in our nation's schools. Click here to find the link to your U.S. Senators and Click here to find the link to your U.S. Representatives Attached is a sample letter for you. And please disseminate this email action alert through your networks.
We are trying to capture the number of communications we are able to generate to Congress so if you can let us know about any grassroots mobilization you do, that would be great! Thank you for all of your good work.