Central Oregon schools struggling to meet PE requirements

Originally published Feb. 10, 2019 in The Bulletin.

By Jackson Hogan

Despite the state giving Oregon schools a few more years to meet a minimum number of physical education minutes per week, many Central Oregon school districts are still struggling to provide gym time for elementary and middle school students.

Many district officials say meeting requirements is difficult due to a lack of gym space, not enough staff and little funding from the state. Read More

Iowa considers PE, health standards

Originally published Oct. 10, 2018 in the Pilot Tribune.

The Iowa Department of Education has commissioned a team of education professionals to review and recommend statewide standards for physical education and health. Teachers and administrators with Spencer Schools welcomed the effort and shared the school’s current approach to these subject areas.

“There are multitudes of research that relate to how getting that physical movement allows you to perform better academically,” Spencer Schools Director of School Improvement Will Dible said. “Our education and health departments do a fantastic job of making sure that kids are not only aware but provide them with an opportunity to get that exercise in a great way that they can replicate in different facets of their own life. Realistically, we find that it is really integral and meshed in with the needs in our academic respect as well.” Read More