On Tuesday, February 13, the NC House voted to support program enhancement courses, like physical education (PE) and art, by slowing down the class size changes and creating a funding stream for enhancement course teachers.
The bill, HB 90, now sits on Governor Cooper’s desk, and we expect he will allow the bill to become law. This legislation delays K-3 class size reductions, which will phase in beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and will be complete by the 2021-2022 school year. The legislation also funds approximately $61 million to a dedicated recurring funding stream this fall to hire enhancement teachers (i.e., PE, art, music, and other teachers, as determined by the State Board of Education) and a separate allotment for classroom teachers. This is a great win for kids and parents across North Carolina!
The American Heart Association has been following the class size funding issue because of the importance of funding PE teachers. NC is starting to take important steps to prioritize PE in our schools. While this legislation is a step in the right direction, we still have more work to do to build strong PE programs.
Let your lawmakers know you appreciate this important step for PE. With your continued support, we can keep working to make North Carolina healthier and stronger!
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