Colorado school finance bill amended in effort to save two grant programs

Originally published May 2, 2019 in Chalkbeat.

By Sandra Fish

P.E. aficionados will find something to like about the Public School Finance Act, after it picked up a couple of amendments.

The House on Wednesday evening added a small grant program for physical education and another to help reduce the dropout rate to Senate Bill 246. Read More

North Allegheny physical education teacher preaches fitness for life

Originally published Jan. 31, 2019 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

By Sandy Trozzo

Christopher Jackson sees teaching physical education as a marathon, not a sprint. The goal, he says, is to teach students lifelong fitness habits.

“We don’t roll the ball out much,” he said. “We help students be fit for life.” Read More


ESSA drives new approaches to K12 physical education

Originally published Dec. 20, 2017 by District Administration.

By Ray Bendici District Administration, January 2018

School districts are elevating physical education standards and expanding athletic activities beyond traditional sports to provide a more well-rounded education as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Instead of old favorites such as dodgeball and basketball, many districts have introduced more individually focused activities such as rock climbing, cross-training and yoga.

“We are seeing new physical education now because the ultimate goal is to prepare students to be active and healthy for a lifetime,” says Carly Wright, senior manager of advocacy for SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

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