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March 26, 2018
Does your child’s school have a gym teacher? Hundreds of Michigan schools do not. Here’s the list.
Across the state about 500 schools — roughly 1 in 5 — do not have certified gym teachers.
February 9, 2018
Teaching makes me a better athlete, says Memphis educator bound for the Olympics
Sable Otey, a physical education teacher for Shelby County Schools, is a member of the U.S. bobsled team competing in the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
leveling the playing field
June 28, 2017
New York City’s racial disparities spill into gym class, according to new report
Black students received less PE than any other racial group.
room to run
June 5, 2017
City announces major push to provide all schools with designated space for gym class
New York City will invest $385 million over the next four years to provide all city schools with a designated space for physical education.
April 4, 2017
Requiring P.E. for Tennessee’s youngest students would help academics, too, advocates say
Research shows that physical education boosts children's brain development and helps to form lifelong exercise habits.
December 7, 2016
All work and no play: Colorado kids losing out on P.E., report finds
Colorado students don't get enough physical education in school, a problem that especially hurts low-income students.
November 28, 2016
Denver schools with large numbers of English learners get less physical education
District officials will investigate why students at Denver schools with large numbers of English learners are getting less physical education than other students.
change of course
Updated May 18, 2016
DPS backs off proposal to eliminate high school P.E. requirement
Physical education teachers and a statewide coalition of P.E. advocates are upset about a proposal to eliminate high school P.E. from Denver Public Schools' graduation requirements.
October 29, 2015
How PE classes are working to get kids with disabilities off the sidelines
More teacher training and modified equipment have helped teachers in Denver and other Colorado districts better include students with disabilities in P.E. classes.
June 17, 2015
City officials discuss proposed P.E. transparency bill
This bill is a reaction to the reality that many city schools fall short of state requirements for keeping students moving.
May 1, 2015
Coalition questions DPS commitment to physical education after cut (Updated)
A statewide coalition of physical education advocates expressed disappointment with Denver Public Schools' decision to eliminate its longtime physical education director as part of a major restructuring effort.
April 9, 2015
Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system improving, state report says
Tennessee's teacher evaluation system is more accurate than ever in measuring teacher quality, according to a new report by the state Department of Education.
February 12, 2015
New bill would force city to report whether schools meet phys ed requirements
The bill takes up a strategy that’s been used to shine a spotlight on gaps in arts education.
September 15, 2014
PE that’s more like a health club and less like….well, PE
A high school in Boulder has done away with the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to physical education, giving students a choice about what what kind of exercise to do, with grades based on effort and personal improvement.
July 30, 2012
Charter school opts out of free public space in favor of a gym
Urban Dove's website features a clock that is counting down to the first day of classes at the nonprofit's new charter school. For most of this spring, Urban Dove Team Charter School’s story followed a familiar trajectory. When the Department of Education offered the charter school space in a public school building, the community erupted in opposition. Politicians stepped in, principals went to the press, and parents protested — all with the goal of keeping the charter school out. Then the city signed off on the co-location anyway, and tensions started to die down. That’s when Urban Dove’s story took an unusual turn. Despite getting free public space — a hotly sought-after commodity — Urban Dove signed a lease this month to spend some of its scarce per-pupil funding on private space. Next month, the transfer high school will open on one floor of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. It was a rare move for a charter school offered a public building. Most charter schools prefer to open in buildings owned by the city to save money and time spent negotiating with landlords, according to James Merriman, director of the New York City Charter School Center. Plus, money for real estate comes from charter schools' operating budget — meaning the more they spend on space, the less they have for teachers, supplies, and programming. Urban Dove’s founder and principal each declined to share the terms of the lease. But they said undertaking the significant expense made perfect sense for the school, which will serve students who have already fallen behind before they turn 16.
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