The fact that the person making proposals on our behalf is not looking to hire people to fill the current empty positions, but is more focused on rationalizing MUSIC and PE Education in general is troubling. Please turn your teacher skills to educating our administrators and school board members. Use best practices!
I am committed to empowering all children to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs - do the education leaders in our state feel the same way? In December of 2015, President Obama signed the new bipartisan federal education legislation into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For the first time, health and physical education were recognized as a critical component of a student's well-rounded education. These subjects should play an integral role in the educational experience of all students.
Thanks to the inclusion and elevation of health and physical education within ESSA, we have the opportunity to get all students healthy and active. As our education leaders begin to develop an ESSA implementation plan and set education priorities, I urge our leaders to ensure that health and physical education are made a priority for students. As part of a well-rounded education, health and physical education programs can now be supported by funding allocated for Title I (low socio-economic status schools), Title II (professional development) and Title IV (safe and healthy students). This funding could provide the boost that these programs need to impact the health of students in the long term.
After the passage of No Child Left Behind 15 years ago, we witnessed two alarming and most likely related trends. Health and physical education were too often considered ancillary subjects and therefore the first to be cut in state education budget shortfalls. In addition, child obesity rates reached epidemic proportions, with one in three children ages 10-17 either overweight or obese.
Research has shown that participating in physical activity and physical education improves student attendance, test scores, participation and enthusiasm for other academic subjects, motivation to learn, and reduces discipline referrals. Evidence also shows that effective school health education reduces student participation in behaviors such as smoking, heavy drinking, school misbehavior, and violence.
Now that health and physical education have been prioritized in ESSA as part of a student's well-rounded education and are allowable uses of federal education funding, I believe it's vital that health and physical education become a priority for all students as we work to take a new approach to educating our students. I look forward to the future of health and physical education for our students!
Health & Fitness Teacher
Foss HS Swimming
"We do not learn for school, but for life"
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It has come to our attention that the district is budgeting -right now- for the next two years.
We have a few important questions:
It is important we know TPS will be providing for ample Specialists across the district to cover each school with one music teacher, one PE and librarians.
We firmly and passionately believe Music and PE specialists should be scheduled 1:1. One fulltime music and one fulltime PE (specialist) teacher to one school. Our value as strong teachers is undermined when we are scheduled at more than one school and split between school administrations. In such a scenario our workload goes up exponentially and our ability to provide quality teaching is undermined and made extremely challenging (to say the least).
We appreciate you taking the time to hear us. It is our hope we are permitted a voice in the conversation determining our FTE allocations for 2021-22 and beyond.
Julie Whalen, Music .8 NET/.2 Browns Point
Johnmyre Zapanta, Physical Education .8 NET/.2 Grant
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Music and Arts organizations have banded together #ArtsEdIsEssential.
PE is having a lobbying day coming up in March.
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Arts Advocacy Materials
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