So now, it looks like the 2011 PEP Grants may be in trouble!! According to the February 2011 AAHPERD Advocacy Newsletter —
Advocacy News, Action Alerts, and Resources
You don’t have to be a lobbyist to make a difference in education and health policy – just passionate about the health and well-being of our nation’s people. We will keep you informed on the issues you care about and let you know what you can do to be part of the advocacy process.
Help Save PEP!
On February 11, the House of Representatives passed a package of spending reductions that included language de-funding the PEP program for 2011. It’s now up to the U.S. Senate to save PEP! Please contact your Senators and urge them to continue to fund this critically important program.
Many organizations are mobilizing to save PEP – please send in your testimonials of how PEP has helped your district/school/students to firstname.lastname@example.org. The information will be used in advocating for the integrity of PEP, as well as continued robust funding. The PEP program will be the focus of Advocacy/Lobby Days for NASPE’s SPEAK Out! Day on March 17 as well as the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association lobby day on March 2.
President’s 2012 Budget Proposes Collapse of PEP and CDC’s DASH
In order to help rein in federal spending, and in alignment with the proposed Blueprint for Reform released last year, President Obama’s proposed FY12 budget collapses PEP into the Safe, Successful and Healthy Students Initiative. AAHPERD and its associations oppose this proposal. Read more to find out what you can do.
The President’s budget also proposes consolidating coordinated school health funding, currently through CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, with other so-called “chronic disease” funding streams. Click here to learn more and take action today.
Current AAHPERD Action Alerts
- Support continued funding for CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
- Support the PHYSICAL Act—PE & HE as Core Subjects
- Support Physical Education and Health Education in ESEA
- Support PEP Grant Funding