Thanks to the incredible efforts of American Heart Association advocates and our partners in the Phys Ed 4 All coalition, New York City is investing some serious funding in our mission to improve physical education for every student!
New York City Council approved a $9 million appropriation, originally proposed in the Mayor's executive budget proposal, that will ensure every elementary school has a certified PE teacher, and enough training and resources to make sure every school complies with the state standards for quality physical education.
This is a significant win that wouldn't have been possible without the years of effort that has come before it. From the moment the American Heart Association's Advocacy Committee in NYC released the results of our survey research which showed rampant non-compliance in early 2013, we have been pushing the city to help find a solution. The passage of the city's new PE Report Card law in November has instigated a remarkable focus by this administration to work proactively toward PE improvements. The PE Works initiative, funded by Council last year, and the Mayor's new investment, will go a long way to change the current reality for NYC kids. Thanks to their leadership, our mission to make sure every student has access to quality PE will soon be realized!