Improving Access to Physical Education in NYC Public Schools
NYLPI is working with education and health advocates, community-based organizations, school administrators and parents to improve physical education and wellness in New York City’s public schools. The benefits of quality physical education for health and learning are well documented and studies have shown that comprehensive physical education instruction is critical in tackling childhood obesity. The New York State Education Department has clearly delineated physical education requirements, which set standards for instructional time, space, and personnel. However, many New York City public schools are not meeting the minimum requirements set by the State’s physical education regulations.
- As a core member of the Phys Ed for All Coalition, NYLPI played a key role in advocating for the passage of Intro 644, legislation that requires the DOE to report on all aspects of physical education (time, space, personnel, curriculum) for each NYC public school. This information will empower parents, schools, and advocates and help us develop targeted solutions to improving access to quality PE. Intro 644 was signed into law in November 2015. The first data report from the DOE will be submitted by August 31, 2015. NYLPI plans to continue advocacy and monitoring of this legislation.
- NYLPI is also working with Make the Road NY, Bronx Health REACH and Phys Ed Plus to educate parents and school staff about the importance of quality physical education. If you would like NYLPI to conduct a presentation for your school or organization, please see our outreach flier in English, Español, and 中文 .
- Success! Intro 644 was signed into law in November 2015. The Phys Ed 4 All coalition continues to engage with City Council and the DOE around improving access and information around PE in NYC public schools.
Learn more about the Phys Ed for All Campaign at www.physed4all.org.