June 6, 2019 

Judy Tiggelaar - Governmental Affairs, chair

Update on House Bill 2234 and Senate Bill 1189

Senate Bill 1189 and House Bill 2234 we are still holding discussions and work sessions with legislators. As you know both bills passed out of their respective education committees in the early spring.

  • 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.

During the education committee hearings in both houses many issues were 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. In early May, many of you completed the Physical Education Teacher Survey. A similar survey was sent to school administrators.  The data that was collected from the surveys will help your Governmental Affairs committee provide accurate information to legislators.

 

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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 have the perception of PE classes based on their own experiences.  In many cases that perception is based on outdated practices. We need to change their paradigm. 

This is where IAHPERD needs your help.  We need you to visit your local legislator. Your Illinois legislators will be on a summer break, in their home districts just like you.  This is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to meet at their local office. Legislators need hear about quality physical education programs.  While you have your legislators, attention invite them to visit you and your students during a physical education class in the fall.

Your IAHPERD leadership team cannot do this alone. PE teachers across the state need to engage in a dialog with the legislators. Our legislators 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

·         Motor skills

·         Mental Health

·         Movement skills

·         Behavioral Health

·         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 (@IAHPERD on Twitter).  Promote your quality physical education program. Be your own best advocate.

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