Conventions

Tips for Communicating with Legislators

Remain professional and respectful

Remember the protocols of addressing a member of the legislature

  •  Governor (last name)
  • Senator (last name)
  • Representative (last name)

Be personal

  • Let the legislator know whether or not you live within his/her district or if you teach within the legislator’s district
  • Tell the legislator a little bit about yourself
  • Look for common ground

Provide the data/facts

  • Use information from the fact sheets
  • Highlight a key piece of information
  • Provide examples from your personal experience with students

Stay on topic

  • You only have a brief moment to get your point across
  • Be polite and firm
  • Don’t let the subject change during the discussion

Be positive

  • Your purpose is to deliver a message not debate
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Remind the legislature how the issue impacts students and learning
  • Don’t be defensive - stick to the facts

Ask……

  • Ask for support on the issue
  • Ask for support on a specific bill if you have it
  • Ask what will you support

Wrap it up

  • Don’t take up too much time
  • Thank the legislator for his/her time

Follow

  • Send a thank you note
  • Send additional information
  • Invite the legislator to your school

Legislative Update

Welcome to the IAHPERD Legislative Update Center

What Does SB 1947 Mean for K-12 Physical Education?
September 4, 2017 

The main purpose of SB 1947 is to create an equalized system for providing school funding in Illinois.  Reaching a compromise on budgetary issues was an ongoing battle throughout the legislative session.  The General Assembly finally passed a budget in early July but had not addressed the school funding packaged.  The lack of a funding agreement left many school districts in Illinois uncertain whether they would be able to remain open for the entire school year.  When a compromise was finally reached on SB 1947 several components were added:  school vouchers, individual tax credits, a reduction of PE requirements and outsourcing drivers education were last minute add-ons. 

Drastic changes have been made to the Physical Education mandate.  The key components include:  instructional time allotted for PE, exemptions from PE, waivers for PE, and  a streamlined waiver process.  The components of SB 1947 that directly impact PE are outlined in this document.

Instructional Time Allotted for Physical Education

The daily requirement has been removed from the law.

The local school board may determine the frequency of physical education courses.  Student must participate in a minimum of 3 days per week of physical education.

Exemption from Physical Education

A school board may also, on a case-by-case basis, excuse pupils in grades 7 through 12 who participate in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program from engaging in physical education courses.

Physical Education Waiver

Approved waiver may remain in effect for a period not to exceed 5 school years and may be renewed by the eligible applicant.

The 2 year limit on PE waivers has been removed from the law.

The limit on the number of PE waivers has been removed from the law.

Waiver Requests Streamlined

The process for waiver requests to be reviewed and approved or disapproved by the General Assembly has been streamline.  The purpose is to reduce the number of waiver requests going before the General Assembly.  Changes to the waiver request process are outlined below.

The waiver report will now be reviewed by the four leaders: 

  • the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
  • the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives;
  • the President of Senate; and
  • the Minority Leader of the Senate

The four person panel shall review the waiver report that is submitted by the State Board of Education (ISBE).  The four person panel shall provide the ISBE within 14 days notice of any waiver request that will require further consideration.  If 3 or more of the four leaders submit notice of further consideration, the ISBE shall submit the waiver request to the General Assembly.  If fewer than 3 submit the request for consideration the request shall be denied.  If the ISBE does not act on a waiver request within 10 days, then the waiver request is approved.  If the waiver request is denied by the ISBE, it shall be submitted to the General Assembly.

If you have forgotten how to locate your State Senator or Representative the information below should help you. Locate your State Representative and Senator (the one with a Springfield office) phone numbers and email addresses Legislator Look Up. Follow the link by typing in your home address. This will direct you to your state legislators (not the folks with a Washington D.C. address)

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Waivers

Need Help Working Against a Physical Education Waiver?

Suggestions to help prepare you to speak against a proposed waiver:

  • Familiarize yourself with the Illinois School Code on Physical Education.
  • Contact your parent clubs for support.
  • Contact your local pediatricians for testimony either in person or in writing.
  • Contact your local American Heart Association for testimony either in person or in writing.
  • Prepare justification for your current curriculum with local assessment statistics. Send to Board Members ahead of time.
  • Have as many staff members from your District as possible attend the hearing. (Elementary, Middle School, and High School members)
  • Prepare supportive research articles (See below.)  Get these to your Board members ahead of time.
  • Offer alternative solutions to the perceived problem this waiver is supposed to solve.
  • Contact your local union representative for support.
  • Keep records as to whether the law regarding the hearing was followed exactly as outlined in the School Code.
  • Contact IAHPERD.

Research Articles
http://www.sparkpe.org/resultsSallis.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Castelli_inpress_FITKidsTimeIn.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Chaddock_2011_AReviewOfThe.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Chaddock_2011_AerobicFitnessAndExecutive.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/O'Leary_2011_TheEffectsOfSingle.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Pontifex_2011_CardiorespiratoryFitnessAndThe.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Voss_2011_AerobicFitnessIsAssociated.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Wu_2011_AerobicFitnessAndResponse.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf

http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/20090925alractiveeducation.pdf

http://www.equitycampaign.org/i/a/document/12557_EquityMattersVol6_Web03082010.pdf

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/survey/survey-2009fitnessgram.pdf

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/survey/survey-2009fitnessgram.pdf

 

The following information is found in the “NASPE Sport and Physical Education Advocacy Kit”

Question: Why do children need daily physical education?

Children need enough time to be able to participate in all the activities and instruction that make up a quality physical education program. A quality program must comprise a variety of activities including:

  • aerobic exercises designed to improve children’s cardiovascular fitness (at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes)
  • exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility (at least 3 times a week)
  • motor skills; development through instruction in a variety of movement forms (sports, dance, gymnastics, aquatics)
  • instruction about how physical activity improves personal health and well-being.

In order for a program to incorporate all these components and provide opportunity for adequate practice and physical activity, it must be offered every day. The National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) recommends for maximum benefits that elementary school children receive a daily minimum of 30 minutes of physical education a day and middle and high school students a minimum of 45-55 minutes.

Question: What are the benefits of physical education?

We know that physical activity can benefit participants in many ways.

  • Reduce Risk of Heart Disease – Physical education can counteract major risk factors of coronary heart disease: obesity, inactivity, and high blood pressure.
  • Improved physical fitness – A good program improves children’s muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Stronger Bones – Regular physical activity increases bone density to create a sturdier skeleton.
  • Weight Regulation – A good program can help children regulate their weight by burning calories, toning their bodies and improving their overall body composition.
  • Health Promotion – Appropriate physical activity prevents the onset of some diseases and postpones the debilitating effects of old age.
  • Improved Judgment – Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
  • Self Discipline – A good program teaches children they are responsible for their own health and fitness.
  • Skill Development – Physical education develops skills which allow for enjoyable and rewarding participation in physical activities. New skills become easier to learn.
  • Experience Setting Goals – Physical education gives children the time and encouragement they need to set and strive for, personal, achievable goals.
  • Improved Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem – Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children. They can become more confident, assertive, emotionally stable, independent and self-controlled.
  • Stress Reduction – Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.
  • Strengthened Peer Relationships – Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others more successfully. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participant in dances, games and sports is an important part of fitting in.
  • Reduced Risk of Depression – A good program is effective in the promotion of mental health.
  • More Active Lifestyles – Physical education promotes a more positive attitude toward physical activity.

Web sites that could be helpful.

 

Waiver Response

Need Help Working Against a Physical Education Waiver?

Suggestions to help prepare you to speak against a proposed waiver:

  • Familiarize yourself with the Illinois School Code on Physical Education.
  • Contact your parent clubs for support.
  • Contact your local pediatricians for testimony either in person or in writing.
  • Contact your local American Heart Association for testimony either in person or in writing.
  • Prepare justification for your current curriculum with local assessment statistics. Send to Board Members ahead of time.
  • Have as many staff members from your District as possible attend the hearing. (Elementary, Middle School, and High School members)
  • Prepare supportive research articles (See below.)  Get these to your Board members ahead of time.
  • Offer alternative solutions to the perceived problem this waiver is supposed to solve.
  • Contact your local union representative for support.
  • Keep records as to whether the law regarding the hearing was followed exactly as outlined in the School Code.
  • Contact IAHPERD.

Research Articles
http://www.sparkpe.org/resultsSallis.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Castelli_inpress_FITKidsTimeIn.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Chaddock_2011_AReviewOfThe.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Chaddock_2011_AerobicFitnessAndExecutive.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/O'Leary_2011_TheEffectsOfSingle.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Pontifex_2011_CardiorespiratoryFitnessAndThe.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Voss_2011_AerobicFitnessIsAssociated.pdf

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Wu_2011_AerobicFitnessAndResponse.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf

http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/20090925alractiveeducation.pdf

http://www.equitycampaign.org/i/a/document/12557_EquityMattersVol6_Web03082010.pdf

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/survey/survey-2009fitnessgram.pdf

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/survey/survey-2009fitnessgram.pdf

 

The following information is found in the “NASPE Sport and Physical Education Advocacy Kit”

Question: Why do children need daily physical education?

Children need enough time to be able to participate in all the activities and instruction that make up a quality physical education program. A quality program must comprise a variety of activities including:

  • aerobic exercises designed to improve children’s cardiovascular fitness (at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes)
  • exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility (at least 3 times a week)
  • motor skills; development through instruction in a variety of movement forms (sports, dance, gymnastics, aquatics)
  • instruction about how physical activity improves personal health and well-being.

In order for a program to incorporate all these components and provide opportunity for adequate practice and physical activity, it must be offered every day. The National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) recommends for maximum benefits that elementary school children receive a daily minimum of 30 minutes of physical education a day and middle and high school students a minimum of 45-55 minutes.

Question: What are the benefits of physical education?

We know that physical activity can benefit participants in many ways.

  • Reduce Risk of Heart Disease – Physical education can counteract major risk factors of coronary heart disease: obesity, inactivity, and high blood pressure.
  • Improved physical fitness – A good program improves children’s muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Stronger Bones – Regular physical activity increases bone density to create a sturdier skeleton.
  • Weight Regulation – A good program can help children regulate their weight by burning calories, toning their bodies and improving their overall body composition.
  • Health Promotion – Appropriate physical activity prevents the onset of some diseases and postpones the debilitating effects of old age.
  • Improved Judgment – Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.
  • Self Discipline – A good program teaches children they are responsible for their own health and fitness.
  • Skill Development – Physical education develops skills which allow for enjoyable and rewarding participation in physical activities. New skills become easier to learn.
  • Experience Setting Goals – Physical education gives children the time and encouragement they need to set and strive for, personal, achievable goals.
  • Improved Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem – Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children. They can become more confident, assertive, emotionally stable, independent and self-controlled.
  • Stress Reduction – Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety.
  • Strengthened Peer Relationships – Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others more successfully. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participant in dances, games and sports is an important part of fitting in.
  • Reduced Risk of Depression – A good program is effective in the promotion of mental health.
  • More Active Lifestyles – Physical education promotes a more positive attitude toward physical activity.

Web sites that could be helpful.