March 2, 2015
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While your advocacy efforts to protect physical education (P.E.) have been working, P.E. in Illinois schools is still under attack and we need your help. 


With over 3,000 witness slips filed in opposition to HB 1330, the bill that would undo P.E. requirements in Illinois, we were able to stop the progress of that bill last week. Congratulations and thanks for taking action to help us stop this bill from being heard last week! However, this and other bills may still be considered by the General Assembly throughout the session, so it is important to keep taking action. Four bills we actively oppose are posted for potential committee hearings over the next few days. We are asking you to file witness slips in opposition to these bills (even if you filed one last week, because they do not carry over from week to week). And, if you are a constituent of the committee members, please call or write to them to let them know you oppose these bills: 
  • HB 1330, which eliminates all P.E. requirements in Illinois, may be up in committee again this Wednesday (March 4th). Click here to file a witness slip in opposition of the bill by filling in your information, clicking "opponent" and "for record of appearance only" no later than 9am on Wed. If you are a constituent of any of these legislators, please call or write to them to tell them you oppose the bill. 
  • HB 1448, which expands the allowable P.E. exemptions to grades 9 through 12 (instead of just 11th and 12th grade), is also scheduled to be heard in the same committee this Wednesday (March 4th). Click here to file a witness slip in opposition of the bill by filling in your information, clicking "opponent" and "for record of appearance only" no later than 9am on Wed. If you are a constituent of any of these legislators, please call or write to them to tell them you oppose the bill. 
  • HB 425, a bill that allows schools to eliminate instructional mandates if they are not paid by the state for those mandates in a timely manner (which could include P.E.), is also being heard in committee on Wed. of this week. Click here to file a witness slip in opposition to this bill, clicking "opponent" and "for record of appearance only" no later than 9am on wed. If you are a constituent of any of these legislators, please call or write to them to tell them you oppose the bill. 
  • SB 114, which allows exemptions from P.E. for students enrolled in two or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses, is scheduled to be heard tomorrow (Tuesday, March 3rd) in the Senate Education committee. Click here to file a witness slip in opposition of the bill by filling in your information, clicking "opponent" and "for record of appearance only"  no later than 1pm Tuesday. If you are a constituent of any of these Senators, please call or write to them to tell them you oppose this bill. 
Thanks again for taking action to support P.E. in Illinois!

Sincerely,

The IAPO Childhood Nutrition and Physical Activity in Educational Settings Workgroup




 

 

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The primary goal of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is to ensure that trends in obesity in Illinois are stable by 2015 and moving downward by 2018. The statewide coalition of over 140 organizations works to implement solutions to the obesity epidemic through coordinated and comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental changes. It is administered by the Illinois Public Health Institute. www.preventobesityil.org