Elementary and Secondary Education Act Update
On September 15, 2011, a group of Senate Republicans who are frustrated with the lack of progress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will introduce five bills aimed at overhauling what they see as the worst parts of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Included in one of the bills (the “Empowering Local educational Decision Making Act of 2011”) is a definition of core academic subjects that includes physical education. Thus, local school districts would have the option of spending federal education dollars on professional development for physical education teachers, as well as increasing the use of technology in physical education (among other areas). Although these bills are merely a starting point in the Senate’s discussion of ESEA reauthorization, this is a huge victory for the physical education profession! Links to the bills will be added when available.
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