PEP Grant Funding in Trouble
It has been a busy week in D.C. and there are many issues the AHA is monitoring through the appropriations process. Earlier this week the House Labor HHS Subcommittee listed programs it would fund and based on that list PEP grants would be cut. Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants are the only current federal spending for physical education and are invaluable in supporting and addressing physical education and activity in schools.
We are hoping that the Senate Labor HHS appropriations subcommittee will retain these programs when they markup up their bill this coming week. WE NEED YOUR IMMESDIATE ACTION! Please take a minute to Tweet AND Call your Senators who serve on this committee and ask them to SAVE PEP GRANTS! Below are a few sample tweets, a call script and contact information for both Illinois Senators. Since they will be working on their bill this week we need call made today and early next week. We will keep you updated on any progress we hear.
Our national colleague are keeping a tally of how many calls are made to offices, so please let me know once the call is made and be sure to pass this onto any other advocates interested in helping to save PEP grants!
1) Help save PEP for FY2016 #PEP #PhysicalEducation http://blogs.edweek.org/
2) Help save PEP for FY2016 #PEP #PhysicalEducation http://goo.gl/PabRYt
3) @____________ restore funding in FY2016 for PEP to address childhood obesity & help children develop healthier lifestyles #PEP #PhysicalEducation http://goo.gl/PabRYt
4) @______ restore funding in FY 2016 for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program http://goo.gl/PabRYt
Call Talking Points to Save PEP Grant Funding
- Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grants are the only current federal spending for physical education and are invaluable in supporting and addressing physical education and activity in schools.
- However, only ten percent of applicants are awarded grants out of the thousands that apply.
- In FY2015, PEP was funded at $47 million, a devastating 37% cut in funding compared to the FY2014 funding level of $75 million.
- Please restore funding to at least $75 million in Fiscal Year 2016 for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program to support comprehensive, integrated physical education programs to increase student fitness, address the serious issue of childhood obesity, and help children develop healthier lifestyles.
Illinois Senator Contact Information:
Richard J. Durbin- Illinois (202) 224-2152 @DickDurbin
Mark Kirk- Illinois (202)224-2854 @SenatorKirk