Last week, President Obama signed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the long overdue No Child Left Behind law. The bill passed the Senate and House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is a big win for physical education.
First, the law designates physical education as a part of the well-rounded curriculum (replacing core subjects), which now makes physical education eligible for Title I funding - the largest pot of federal funding for schools.
Second, Title IV contains a new block grant program, under which physical education programs will have access to significant funding. While this means the PEP program now officially goes away, this is not surprising as we always knew that in the end, an ESEA reauthorization would consolidate physical education money somehow and physical education maintains a strong presence of eligibility through the block grant.
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