HB19-1161 (Buckner & Wilson/Todd & Priola) Comprehensive Physical Education Instruction Pilot
The bill would create a pilot program to support schools and districts in implementing comprehensive quality physical education programs in grades K-8. Grants would be awarded for up to three years to a maximum of 30 eligible schools or districts.
The Children’s Campaign supports the bill. Many studies on school-based physical education have found a positive association between these classes and student academic achievement and behavior. Expanding physical education programs in schools may also be an effective intervention for combating obesity in the early years, especially among girls. We know that physical education represents just one mechanism to foster physical activity. Students who participate in physical activity demonstrate better classroom behavior, a greater ability to focus, and fewer absences. We also support this bill because it ensures that Title I schools, which serve students with some of the greatest barriers to physical activity, are included in the pilot and the bill includes a strong evaluation component so that we can understand the impact of this program.
Passed the House Education Committee as amended on a vote of 12-1 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee
February 22, 2019
Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Thurs, Mar. 7th at 1:30pm in Room 0107