From the Phys Ed 4 All Coalition
The Phys Ed 4 All Coalition thanks Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and our City Council champions for approving vital funds dedicated to the improvement of physical education in New York City schools. As stated by Mayor de Blasio in his Executive Budget proposal, this funding will help bring city schools into compliance with New York state law.
The $9 million appropriation found in the FY 17 budget will allow city schools to hire new certified physical education teachers, thereby enabling physical education programs to be created in schools where none currently exist, or expand those that don’t yet quite meet the required metrics in state law.
According to state law, all elementary school students should receive a minimum of 120 minutes of quality physical education per week and students in the secondary schools should receive 90 minutes of quality physical education per week. Currently in New York City, many of our schools do not meet these requirements for quality physical education – and it should be noted these standards don’t meet national benchmarks for adequate PE.
“We must instill healthy lifestyle behaviors in our students now, while we can. With this investment, we can help make sure that those schools that need the greatest support have access to significant resources like certified PE teachers. We look forward to a time when every student – regardless of where they’re from or who they are – is offered a quality education to inspire a lifetime of physical fitness,” said Yuki Courtland, Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association in New York City.
Read the Coalition’s full statement here.