Our schools face many barriers to providing quality physical education.

HB19-1161 would allow schools and school districts to apply for a 3-year grant to help them overcome these hurdles and implement a comprehensive PE program. Baseline and formative data will be collected throughout the pilot, with post-data collection analysis. These proof points will support how quality Physical Education impacts student health, academic success, and social-emotional well-being and will help inform policy in the future.

Benefits of physical education:

  • Positive relationship with academic achievement and test scores

  • Positive association with attention, concentration, and on-task behavior

  • Encourages lifetime healthy habits

  • Strategy for reducing childhood obesity

  • Reduces discipline referrals and participation in high-risk behaviors

The problem:

  • Colorado is one only four states with no physical education requirements leaving PE up to individual school districts.

  • Colorado also faces increases in childhood obesity rates as nearly 1 in 4 children (ages 5-14) were overweight or obese in 2016.

  • Budget restrictions often inhibit schools from providing quality PE or cut out PE altogether in favor of academics

HB19-1161 will secure $3 million annually through the Department of Education to fund schools or school districts for grades K-8 to implement a 3-year pilot program. The grant will be awarded to 15-30 schools and school districts across the state, ensuring that suburban, urban, and rural schools are represented for purposes of the pilot program evaluation. The grant is meant to supplement any resources or staffing the school or district may need in order to implement all elements of providing quality PE which includes but are not limited to: required minutes of activity, appropriate class sizes, space for indoor and outdoor activities, and more.



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