Directs the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain schools.
BILL NUMBER: S125
TITLE OF BILL : An act directing the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain schools; and providing for the repeal of such provision upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE : This bill intends to provide resources for schools to implement. a physical education program that provides children with the physical activity needed to maintain a healthy life.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1: This section of the bill sets forth the legislative reasoning for the establishment of this pilot program.
Section 2: This section of the bill directs the commissioner of education to establish a physical education pilot program for at least 10 elementary, middle, or high schools with seventy-five percent of the schools located in NYC, all to be based on select criteria. This section also establishes the requirements of the contractor.
Section 3: This section of the bill requires funding for the program to be provided by the Department of Education.
JUSTIFICATION : The United States is confronting a devastating obesity epidemic. The primary causes of childhood obesity - lack of physical activity and poor diet - continue to permeate youth culture and will compromise the quality of life and increase health cost s beyond sustainable.
The statistics for adult physical activity and prevalence of disease are worrisome, especially for New Yorkers. 26.5% of adults in New York report that they do not engage in any physical activity compared to the national average of 22%. More than 700,000 New York City residents have diabetes, most of whom suffer from type 2 diabetes. The medical cost of treating diabetics in New York City is almost half a billion dollars a year, while the individual's quality of life and workplace productivity is severely hampered.
New York State must supply students with the tools to achieve a healthy life. Currently, 43% of all NYC elementary school students are overweight or obese. Furthermore, overweight youth 10-15 years old have an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult. by age 25. At current rates, Type 2 diabetes is expected to afflict one in three American children born after 1999.
Physical education in the school proves remarkably successful. While New York State requires physical fitness education in schools, many schools have difficulties implementing the requirements due to limited resources in funding and/or space. For example, student-teacher ratios for physical education in New York City are an estimated 730 to 1.
This bill intends to assist schools in providing the much needed exercise our children need to maintain an active and enjoyable life.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.7252 of 2008 03/24/08 Referred to Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be determined by the Commissioner of Education.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This bill shall take effective immediately and shall be repealed on June 30, 2011.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 125 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT directing the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain schools; and providing for the repeal of such provision upon expira- tion thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The United States is confronting a devastating obesity epidemic. The primary causes of child- hood obesity - lack of physical activity and poor diet - continue to permeate youth culture and will diminish hundreds of thousands more lives and cost billions more dollars if left un-reversed. 26.5% of adults in New York report that they do not engage in any physical activ- ity compared to the national average of 22%. More than 700,000 New York City residents have diabetes, most of those suffer from type 2 diabetes, a devastating disease primarily caused by lack of physical activity and poor diet. Type 2 diabetes is expected to afflict one in three American children born in and after 2000. The medical cost of treating diabetics in New York City is almost half a billion dollars a year; the human toll and loss of workplace productivity is incalculable. Overweight youth 10-15 years old have an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult by age 25. 43% of all NYC elementary school students are overweight or obese. Student-teacher ratios for physical education in New York City are an estimated 730 to 1. While New York state requires physical fitness education in schools, many schools have difficulties implementing the requirements due to limited resources in funding and/or space. S 2. (a) The commissioner of education is hereby directed to establish a physical education/physical activity pilot program. The department of education shall select at least ten public elementary, middle or highEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02006-01-9 S. 125 2
schools in the state to participate in a two year pilot program aimed at improving physical education and physical activity programs in such schools. The department may expand such program to additional public schools upon request and available funding. Seventy-five percent of the schools selected shall be located in the city of New York and the remaining shall be selected based upon the criteria set forth in this act. Each participating school shall be required to provide at least 45 minutes per week of a combination of physical education and physical activity for each student. A pilot school shall not be penalized in any manner if a reasonable attempt has been made to provide the program to each student. (b) The program shall be administered through a contract with an outside entity that is able to provide: (1) a minimum of 45 minutes of activity per week for each student; (2) a proven track record of effectiveness; (3) flexibility in providing services, either before, during or after school hours; (4) physical education, in addition to nutrition and health education; (5) a system of accountability and transparency; (6) on-going support and training services; and (7) incentives and awards for good performance for individuals, class- es and schools. (c) The pilot program established by this act may be run in coordi- nation with the Road Runner Mighty Milers program, a school-based program combining daily aerobic activities with personalized goal-set- ting, nutrition, academic, and health education components available at-site and on-line, established by the New York Road Runners Founda- tion. (d) The education department may accept applications for participation in the pilot program from schools meeting the following criteria: (1) at least 50% of the students qualify for federal free and reduced lunches; (2) the school has demonstrated limited facilities and/or resources to implement a physical education program; and (3) the school will be able to provide a "site coordinator" including but not limited to a member of the facility or member of a parent/teacher organization. (e) The department of education shall conduct an evaluation of the pilot program which may be done in collaboration with an outside entity and shall report preliminary findings by May 15, 2010 and a final report by July 15, 2010 to the governor and the legislature. S 3. Funding for the physical education/physical activity pilot program shall be provided through appropriations to the department of education. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the pilot program established by section two of this act shall be administered in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years; and provided further that the provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on and after June 30, 2011.