Dear IAHPERD Members,
House Bill 440 Eliminates PE Requirements
HB 440 (Chief Sponsor Representative Ives)
Step One:  File a witness slip as OPPONENT HB 440
  • Even if you have already filed a witness slip it is time to file another.  We may need to do this multiple times.  Unfortunately each time the committee recesses the witness slips reset to zero.
  • When filling out the witness slip please identify yourself as a citizen or voter instead of teacher or IAHPERD member.
Step Two:  contact your State legislators either by phone or email
If you don't know who your State legislators are the following link will help you find that information:  

Find Your State Legislator

Be sure to contact your State (the one with a Springfield office) not US legislator (the one with an office in Washington, DC).
If you are not sure how to fill out a witness slip, please see
Thank you,
Judy Tiggelaar
IAHPERD Past President
IAHPERD Governmental Affairs Chair
Here's a script that you can follow if you email or call your Representative:
My name is____________
My address is _________________
Representative ____________,
As a voter in Illinois and a constituent, I am urging you to vote NO on HB 440.
The reasons why I ask you to remove the above language from HB 440 are as follows:
  • Permanently diminishing physical education requirements will deprive students of instructional time that is critical for developing the motor, movement, and behavioral skills that are essential for the lifelong maintenance of a physically active lifestyle.
  • 91% of parents feel that there should be more physical education in schools, particularly for addressing obesity (SHAPE America/American Heart Association, 2016 Shape of the Nation.)
  • Physical education is identified as an Essential Subject for a well-rounded education, therefore, Title I, Title II and Title IV funds are available for physical education programs (Every Student Succeeds Act 2015). 
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Governmental Affairs Update

Dear IAHPERD Members,

Update on Senate Bill 13 (SB 13 Chief Sponsor Radogno)

  • Over 1200 witness slips filed in opposition
  • Deb Vogel (IAHPERD, Chair of Shape Up Illinois) testified in Senate Executive Committee
  • Senate Executive Committee moved SB 13 to the full Illinois Senate for a vote.  Senate vote could take place as early as February 7.

Action Items for IAHPERD Members

  • Contact your Illinois State Senator and Representative
  • Make a phone call, visit them in their local district office Remember they are suppose to represent you in Springfield.
  • Find Your State LegislatorBe sure to contact your State (the one with a Springfield office) not US legislator (the one with an office in Washington, DC).


  • SB 13 provides a way for school districts to opt out of any unfunded school mandate.
  • SB 13 reduces the required number days PE is taught from 5 to 3.
  • SB 13 allows students in grades 9 through 12 who are in interscholastic or extracurricular athletics to exempt out of PE.
  • SB 13 no longer requires daily PE.

Key Talking Points

  • ·Quality, daily Physical Education programs have:  Meaningful Content
    • Instruction in a variety of motor skills that are designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social/emotional development of every child
    • Fitness education and assessment to help children understand, improve and/or maintain their physical well-being
  • ·Quality, daily Physical Education programs have:  Appropriate Instruction:
    • Use of instructional strategies that provide meaningful inclusion of all students regardless of skill or fitness level, gender, race or ethnic group
    • Use of regular assessment to monitor and reinforce student learning and learning outcomes
  • Physical Education is NOT:  Recess (Unstructured Play)
    • Recess is non-instructional time and, therefore, content is not being taught or evaluated
    • Recess involves unstructured physical activity but serves different purposes (creativity, exploration, learning to get along with others w/o adult structuring activity)
  • Physical Education is NOT:  Athletic Programs:
    • Athletic programs are designed for students who have special skills and/or would like to specialize in a sport.
    • Athletic programs allow for the development of skills in a single area and are not intended to provide instruction in the essential content areas and standards of physical education

This Week in Springfield January 30 to February 3

  • State legislators are in their home districts
  • The Illinois Senate returns on February 7
  • The Illinois House returns on February 8

We will need to remain vigilant and active.  Let your elected state legislators know why quality, daily physical education is important for the students of Illinois.  We may need to repeat our message over and over until they understand that physical education is essential for a well-rounded education.  Sign up and participate in Shape Up Illinois

Stay In The Zone and focused on maintaining quality, daily physical education in Illinois. 

Thank you,

Judy Tiggelaar

IAHPERD Past President

IAHPERD Governmental Affairs Chair

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Good News to Share and a Task for You

Good News:

The ISBE is considering pushing the fitness data reporting date back from May 1 to June 30. This is good news because it sets a more realistic reporting deadline for all schools. This will also allow PE teachers to schedule the required FitnessGram testing when it will not conflict with other state required testing.

Your Task:

Please provide public comment to the proposed change in the reporting deadline. The steps for providing comment are listed below. Keep it short and simple.

  1. ISBE Email Address:
  2. Subject Line:  Proposed Amendments for Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)
  3. Your Message: I SUPPORT changing the 'reporting due date' for fitness testing scores to June 30th
  4. Sign Your Name 

The proposed amendment is described below: Proposed Amendments to Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) Part 1 is the agency's general set of rules that govern the State Board's required supervision and evaluation of public school districts compliance with law, rules, and policy. The rules also establish a process for identifying the recognition status awarded a school district and its schools based on the extent of its compliance; that is, fully recognized, recognized pending further review, on probation or nonrecognized. The Part informs school districts of the requirements that apply in specific areas of operations and programming, such as school governance, instructional programs, health and safety, staff qualifications, and academic standards. Given the broad array of the rules; content, several agency divisions have been assigned responsibility for monitoring their provisions. 

PA 98-859, effective August 4, 2014, charged the Enhance Physical Education Task Force with identifying an assessment to be used in schools to measure "aerobic capacity, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility" of students in order to ascertain the effectiveness of Goal 20 of the ILS for Physical Development and Health. The law further required that health-related fitness testing be part of a school's curriculum for students in grades 3 and above. The fitness testing used must be appropriate to the students developmental levels and abilities, and scores achieved on the testing may not be used as part of a student's grade or to evaluate a teacher. The law also required that rules pertaining to fitness testing be adopted by the State Board no later than December 31, 2015. The rules implementing PA 98-859 were adopted by the Board at its December 16, 2015 meeting and became effective January 27, 2016. 

This rulemaking will provide a more general website address to access the FitnessGram testing protocols and when applicable, the Brockport Physical Fitness Testing protocols all schools are required to use to assess the physical fitness levels of students. This rulemaking also extends the deadline from May 1 to June 30 for schools to report data. Schools voiced concern to staff that a May 1 reporting deadline means assessments would need to be taken by early April in order to report to districts so that districts in turn had time to report to ISBE by May 1. Pushing due date back to June 30 allows schools to assess closer to end of school year and end of instructional period, thus yielding more comprehensive data. Staff is extending the deadline to align with when schools are required to report dental and vision data on IWAS. Finally, this rulemaking clarifies schools must report the number of students in the needs improvement zone for aerobic capacity only.

Initial Review by State Board of Education: August 2016

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Help Protect P.E. in Illinois

Help Protect P.E. in Illinois

We know fit, active kids learn better. It isn’t just a saying, it is a fact supported by a growing amount of research. So, if we know fit kids learn better, then why is Governor Rauner proposing to eliminate or reduce physical education (PE) in Illinois schools? Reducing PE isn’t the answer to fixing budget woes. In fact, it will make Illinois’ children and the economy less healthy. 

Please send a message to the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner asking them to protect PE in Illinois schools

PE helps protect kids from the misery of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease and equips them with lifelong skills like proper exercise and good nutrition. These are skills that have to be taught, just like reading. PE is important, not just because it makes kids healthier but because it improves academic performance. 

Take Action! Ask your lawmakers to protect PE in Illinois from any effort to reduce or eliminate the daily requirement for all Illinois kids.

Once you have taken action, please share this email with your friends and family and ask them to do the same! We need to be loud in this fight to save our kids’ future! 

Thank you for your help in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 



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