May 6, 2019 

Judy Tiggelaar - Governmental Affairs, chair

Update on House Bill 2234 and Senate Bill 1189

Senate Bill 1189 and House Bill 2234 passed out of their respective Education Committees.

  • SB1189 and HB2234 do three things:
  • provides for 150 minutes of physical education per week for elementary school students
  • provides for 225 minutes of physical education per week for middle and junior high school students
  • changes the current waiver system, which allows for five-year waivers renewable indefinitely, to a two-year waiver renewable twice after the initial waiver for a total of six years, after six year a waiver may be obtained for districts in financial duress.

However, during the committee hearings there were many issues raised about both bills.  Before we are able to proceed with a vote on the floor of Senate and the House we need to address the issues. The IAHPERD Governmental Affairs Committee is doing a deep data dive to address the issues that have been raised.

IAHPERD Governmental Affairs Committee Needs Your Help

One discussion point that was very clear throughout this process is that legislators and school administrators are not aware of what goes on in physical education classes.  Many of our policy makers still have the perception that PE classes are roll out the ball….dodgeball type programs.  We need to change that paradigm. 

This is where IAHPERD needs your help.  We need you to invite your local legislator, school board member, school administrator to your gym.  Policy makers need to see and experience quality physical education programs.  Your IAHPERD leadership team cannot do this alone. PE teachers across the state need to engage in a dialog with the individuals who are making program decisions. Our educational leaders should be reminded that:

Physical education is the only subject area that touches upon all three domains of learning; psychomotor (movement), cognitive (thinking), and affective (social emotional learning).

We teach the Social Emotional Learning standards in every one of our lessons.

PE provides students opportunities to authentically learn and/or use the following competencies and skills in a safe and inclusive setting:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Motor skills
  • Movement skills
  • Behavioral skills
  • Social Emotional Learning

Needless to say, changing the perception of education policy makers is a huge challenge. However, I am confident that the physical educators in Illinois are up to the challenge.  Share your success stories on social media.  Promote your quality physical education program. Be your own best advocate.

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