Getting Started With ESSA

Everyone in the health and physical education professions recently celebrated a huge legislative milestone when Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
This historic event — the result of nearly a decade of advocacy efforts led by SHAPE America- Society of Health and Physical Educators, its affiliates, members and supporters — opens new funding opportunities for school health and physical education.
As a result of this new legislation the role of both school health and physical education has been elevated and acknowledged as part of a student’s “well-rounded” education. Other subjects noted in the definition of well-rounded education include art, civics, history and geography. The term well-rounded education replaces the term “core subjects” that was used in previous Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposals.
Designation as part of a well-rounded education means that school districts and schools will have the opportunity to utilize federal funds for physical education programs — something that was limited under No Child Left Behind. In addition, school health, physical education and physical activity programs will have access to significant funding under Title IV of the bill. Block grants will be distributed to states under the Safe and Healthy Students program. School districts and schools will apply to their state for funding for a wide range of safety, health and school-climate programs, to include health education and physical education.
What Does ESSA Mean for You?
To help you become more familiar with this landmark legislation, SHAPE America has put together the following new resources:
Every Student Succeeds Act 101 podcast
Getting Started With ESSA webinar
What’s Next With ESSA blog post
You can also look forward to an in-depth review of ESSA at the 2016 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, April 5-9 in Minneapolis. There is no better forum to network, ask questions and gain insights into the strategies you will need to know moving forward.
You Don’t Want to Miss…
Every Student Succeeds Act: The Game Changer for Health and Physical Education
Friday, April 8, 9:15-11:00 a.m.
This landmark legislation has the potential to change the landscape for school health and physical education programs across the country. Don’t miss this session for a blueprint of how you’ll need to position your program for the greatest success in 2017 and beyond!
Here are just a few of the questions we’ll answer in the session:
• What funding streams apply to school health and physical education?
• When will schools see the results of this legislation?
• What should I do to access additional funding for my program?

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