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Every Student Succeeds Act Supports P.E. Initiatives

The U.S. made significant strides toward increasing childhood engagement in physical activity as part of the education system last week when President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law on December 10. 

This will require school health and physical education to be recognized as key components in every student’s “well-rounded” educational experience.

Changes made from the previous iteration of the law (known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) are as follows:

  • The term “well-rounded” education replaces the term “core subject” that was used in previous Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposals. This makes physical education eligible for Title I funding.
  • School health, physical education and activity programs will have access to funding under Title IV of the bill.
  • As part of the Safe and Healthy Students program, block grants will be distributed to the states. School districts will apply to their state for funding for safety, health, and school-climate programs – including health education and physical activity.

The passage of this bill makes notable progress in advancing the mission of the industry and working towards a healthier country and generation. It is also worth noting that the PEP program is no longer available under this new system, but physical education will remain a strong candidate for funding through the block grant.  

As always, if you have any questions please contact IHRSA’s public policy team at

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