Thanks to my friend Andy for an informative post on ESSA… If you didn’t already know…ESSA stands for Every Student Succeeds Act. It is replacing the Act that, in some cases, left students behind (the No Child Left Behind Act).
In December 2015 Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” — President Barack Obama
So why should we be excited?
No Child Left Behind marginalized our subject and led to widespread cuts to funding. With the passing of ESSA, Health education is now on a level playing field with all other subjects, and as such now has significant access to funding that was previously unavailable to us.
So we are now as valued as all other subjects?
You will hear the term well rounded education (which replaces the term core academic subject) and this means that health and physical education can now compete for Title I, Title II and Title IV funds along with English, reading or language arts…
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