The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). PEP is a federal program that awards money to local education agencies and community-based organizations to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. PEP funds programs to help students meet physical education standards.
PEP is the ONLY dedicated spending on the entire U.S. Department of Education budget for physical education yet funding has been targeted for elimination in spending reduction legislation in Congress. In 2014, funding for the program was cut by more than one-third (~37%). Current budget proposals eliminate PEP funding and consolidate this program into the proposed Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students Program. We want to assure that if this happens, there is dedicated funding for physical education so it does not get lost in consolidation. We were glad to see that the President’s budget created a set aside of $60 million. This is $13 million above 2014 enacted ($47 million).
It is vital we keep PEP funding alive and growing to improve health and fitness levels of our children. If consolidation occurs, it is essential that there is language included that dedicates some percentage for physical education. We must protect physical education to protect the health and wellness of our children now and in the future.
NCPPA members recently sent a letter to Senator Alexander and Senate HELP Committee staff members to let them know we support dedicated physical educating funding. (see the letter)