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Background: Please read the information below pertaining to the “Notice of Proposed Priorities for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).”

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The Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is pleased to announce a Notice of Proposed Priorities for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), which has been posted to our website at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/applicant.html, under “Federal Register Notices.” The notice will be officially published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.

This notice describes our proposed changes to the PEP program, which are intended to bring the program up to date with research and best practice.  This notice proposes a new absolute priority that would require applicants to address instruction in healthy eating in addition to a physical education element, as well as new competitive priorities that would award points for creating partnership groups and for creating rigorous systems for student BMI assessment.

The proposed new requirements are intended to promote better alignment with existing and ongoing initiatives, consistency between equipment and curriculum, the adoption of high-quality evidence-based curricula, and more transparency and accountability.  Additionally, the notice proposes requirements for applicants to update their policies for physical activity and nutrition environments and undertake a needs assessment to help design their program.  Finally, this notice describes proposed performance measures for the program.

We very much welcome your review and feedback.  The comment period for these proposed changes will be open for 30 days, beginning on March 16th when the notice will be published.

For now, the notice can be accessed at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/applicant.htmland it will be found in the Federal Register starting on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.  As the notice explains, if you have comments, please send them to Carlette Huntley (carlette.huntley@ed.govmailto:carlette.huntley@ed.gov>), citing the priority or requirement number on which you are commenting.

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