Great news! New York City Council has scheduled a hearing for the PE Reporting Bill!
This long-awaited legislation will help to address a systemic concern in NYC schools - too few of them are meeting the state requirements for physical education.
According to American Heart Association research, the majority of city schools only offer PE one or two days per week in 45-minute sessions, which comes nowhere close to meeting recommended national guidelines. Students deserve better, especially with their health on the line. That's why the PE Reporting Bill is needed. It will require the NYC Education Department to disclose information on each school's PE program, allowing parents and groups like the AHA to know which schools may need additional assistance.
For many students, physical education is the best opportunity to pursue physical fitness. It shouldn't matter which school you attend - every student deserves quality PE. Physical education is the best equalizer - instilling a lifelong appreciation for exercise and healthy behavior. But many children are deprived of this valuable learning experience. It is simply unfair that this inequity is permitted in our city schools!
The American Heart Association believes that healthy hearts are just as important as healthy minds, and we're optimistic that city lawmakers will agree. Stay tuned for an action alert on this legislation in the next few days!
(This blog post was composed in part by Kayla Bashe, a new volunteer who will be helping the Advocacy Department in NYC this summer. You'll see her name on our posts here occasionally. Welcome, Kayla!)