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THE EFFECT OF BUDGET CUTS Presented by SPARK www.sparkpe.org
ON PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Between August 2008 and August 2011
300,000 teaching jobs were Lost. That’s
54% of all jobs lost in local government.
113,000 jobs in 2011
alone, accounting for
40% of job Losses in
If the automatic spending cuts are enacted
for the fiscal year 2013, education faces
$3 billion in cuts.
How Budget Cuts Affect Education
Education and job training - 2.77%
of Obama’s proposed budget.
Arts and physical education classes were cut, forcing other teachers to
implement these activities in their routine (i.e. unqualified / ineffective
75% of California PTA members said that their children’s PE or sports
programs were cut or reduced dramatically.
Physical education class sizes rose to 80 students in some cases.
Without Physical Education...
State and federal government may think slashing PE programs will save money.
Perhaps this is true of short-term, narrow thinking. In the long term, however,
decreased physical education in school means fewer healthy lifestyle choices in
childhood and adulthood, meaning more sedentary lifestyles, meaning increased
prevalence of heart disease and other weight-related health issues, meaning
higher health care costs for America.
Only six states in
Iowa, Massachusetts, New
Mexico, New York and
Vermont—require physical education
in every grade K-12.
New Jersey and Rhode Island require physical
education in grades 1-12
According to one NASPE survey, nearly
all parents (95%) think that regular
daily physical activity helps children
do better academically and should be
part of a school curriculum for all
students in grades K-12.
PE is cost effective;
is spent yearly on
obesity-related health care
costs. With an upward trend in
obesity, this figure can only GROW.
Overweight and obese children are at high risk of:
• Low self esteem
• High blood pressure
• Joint, bone, and muscle problems
Among children ages 6-11, 33% overweight and 17% are obese.
Why PE is important
According to studies by NASPE and the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), attending physical
education classes is directly related to
better academic performance and
attitude toward school.
A 2007-08 study of more than 2.4 million Texas
students found that students who were physically fit
were more likely to do well on the state’s
standardized tests than students who were not
Physical wellness is not inherent in our lifestyle anymore;
it directly opposes it. Physical wellness requires teaching,
just like learning a language that will be used throughout
our entire lives.
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