Friday, March 22, 2019

Alliance Legislative Report 101-10

PE MANDATE BILL MOVES
OUT OF SENATE COMMITTEE
Earlier this week, SB 1189 (Holmes, D-Aurora) which restricts the flexibility of school districts to provide physical education, was narrowly approved by the Senate Education Committee. The bill includes disallowing P.E. waivers for more than two years and no more than two renewals. SB 1189 also requires 150 weekly minutes of P.E. for elementary students and 225 weekly minutes of P.E. for middle, junior and high school students. The legislation would make school districts focus on P.E. before any other course as no other course would have a statutory minute requirement. The current three day per week requirement for P.E. was part of the larger bi-partisan agreement on the legislation that contained the Evidence Based Funding Model.   Similar language to SB 1189 (House Bill 2234) is still pending in the House Education Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee.

Click here to read the full Alliance Legislative Report 101-10, including bill action from this week and bills of note scheduled for committee next week.