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This web site was created and is edited by a member from Western District.
This Site was 1st Published on Monday, April 12th, 2004
A message from Judy: UPDATED NEWS:
There are two bills that are posted for hearings in the House. We need to file witness slips.
Please click on the bill number to take you to the page for the witness slip.
Each bill requires a separate witness slip.
Please file a witness slip for these two bills. We are PROPONENTS (we're in favor of these bills)
We have a bill in the Senate that is in the process of being moved to a new committee.
Once that happens we will need to file witness slip ASAP.
IAHPERD is planning on sending out an email blast once soon but don't wait!
This has been a strange legislative session. Our ability to move bills has been tentative at best.
Any Questions: Contact Judy Tiggelaar
IAHPERD, Director of Advocacy
IAHPERD, Chair of Governmental Affairs
Dear Western District Members,
Thank you for your support! Our goals for this year are to continue to increase member involvement at district business meetings, increase the use of district website as resource for our members, and increase membership at our district level. At our last District meeting we discussed a lot of topics; including: ACES Day, legislative news, next years State Convention, the dance, and even next years Mid-State. We even discussed hosting a Local Workshop. We'd love to hear from you and perhaps even host a workshop at your school. Join us at our next business meeting and see the opportunities IAHPERD offers. Our next meeting will be Tuesday September 18th @ Leo's Pizza in Jacksonville.
I'm really excited to serve as President and looking forward to a great year. I'm looking forward to meeting you - again; our next business meeting is Tuesday, September 18th in Jacksonville. Thank you for all your support!
IAHPERD Western District President
"Fit Kids Learn Better"
Western District Meeting } Leo's Pizza (Jacksonville) September 18th @ 6 pm
PLEASE READ THIS VERY IMPORTANTANT NEWS!!! CLICK HERE
There are several bills - amendments out there that could eliminate PE as a mandated subject in Illinois schools. If they pass, the consequences could be devastating to our profession and our jobs. This would also be harmful to all of the students that would be deprived of the chance to participate in physical education classes. Please contact your legislators immediately and let them know not to vote for these bills for the sake of our children. The link below will help you figure out who represents you.
At the state convention, IAHPERD recognizes numerous award winners. Do you know an outstanding individual in the professional fields of Physical, Health, Dance, Adapted or Leisure Education? Recognize these people by nominating them for Teacher of the Year (TOY). These awards are given in recognition of outstanding instructional performance for elementary, middle, and secondary school physical education as well as in adapted, dance, health, and leisure education. Elected individuals have shown their great ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.
An FYI; anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher. You can nominate anyone, as long as the individual is eligible for the respective award. To check requirements and perhaps nominate someone in the future, check out the applications located on the IAHPERD main web site.
To download applications for any of the awards below; click HERE
(A) Elementary Physical Educator (B) Middle School Physical Educator
(C) Secondary Physical Educator (D) Health Educator (E) Dance Educator
(F) Service Award & (G) Honor Award
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Our State Convention is once again going to be Great - Put the November dates on your calendar NOW!
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Bills That We Are Following / For More Info CLICK HERE
Rules are Being Written…….Your Input is Needed - January 10, 2018
The ISBE is seeking public comment on the rules that are being written for the implementation of PA 100-0465 Evidence-Base Funding Bill (formerly known as SB1947).
This is the bill that reduced the required number of days of physical education from daily to three. It allows more students to exempt out of PE and lifts the limitations on PE waivers.
Before the law can be implemented, rules that have been written ‘go out to the public for comment’. This is where you come in. You have an opportunity to provide public comment on the rules.
Steps to comment on ISBE Rules for PA 100-0465 Evidence-Base Funding Bill
Send your comments to: email@example.com
In Subject Line type: Public Comment PA 100-0465
Copy and paste suggested rules listed below
Suggested Rules for PA 100-0465 Evidence-Base Funding Bill
1.425 b Rule: Appropriate activity related to physical education shall be required of all students at least three days per five day instructional week………
Comment: I believe a stronger wording of the first sentence of this rule is necessary. I suggest, “All students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be engaged in a course of physical education for a MINIMUM of 3 days per 5-day week”.
1.425 e 1 Rule: 1) Students in grades 7-12 on a case-by-case basis, for participation in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program. Interscholastic and extracurricular athletic programs are limited to those programs that are sponsored by the school district as defined by school district policy.
Comment: I believe that the rule should define Interscholastic Scholastics as they are defined by the Illinois Elementary School Associations (IESA) and/or the Southern Illinois Junior High Athletic Association (SJIJHAA) and in grades 9-12 by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).
1.425 e 2 Rules: Students in grades 11-12
A) ongoing participation in interscholastic athletics;
Comment: I believe that this rule should be consistent for all grades 7-12. Also, I believe that it is important that this rule explicitly state that, “athletes are required to return to physical education class as soon as the student-athlete is done competing or cut from a team or quits.”
1.425 e 3A Rule: Students in grades 9- 12
A) ongoing participation in marching band for credit
Comment: I believe that it is important that this rule explicitly state that “marching band students must be enrolled in a marching band course that is taken for credit AND the student is required to return to physical education class as soon as the student is done competing or drops the class.”
1.425 e 3B Rule: Students in grades 9- 12
B) enrollment in a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program sponsored by the school district
Comment: I believe that it is important that this rule explicitly state that “students enrolled in an
ROTC program are required to return to physical education class immediately if they are no
longer enrolled in the program”
1.425 4B Rule: B) participation in an adaptive athletic program outside school setting as outlined in the student's IEP and as documented according to school board policy. (See Section 27-6 of the School Code.)
Comment: I believe that this rule should be consistent with rules for ‘regular’ student-athletes.
Also, I believe that it is important that this rule explicitly state that athletes are required to return to physical education class as soon as the student-athlete is done competing or cut from a team or quits.”
Continue taking action by following the steps listed below:
Step One: File a witness slip
Even if you have already filed a witness slip it is time to file another. We will need to do this multiple times. Unfortunately each time the committee recesses the witness slips reset to zero.
When filling out the witness slip please identify yourself as a citizen or voter instead of teacher or IAHPERD member.
Step Two: contact your State legislators either by phone or email
If you don't know who your State legislators are the following link will help you find that information: Find Your State Legislator
Be sure to contact your State (the one with a Springfield office) not US legislator (the one with an office in Washington, DC).
If you are not sure how to fill out a witness slip, please see iahperd.org
Here's a script that you can follow if you email or call your Senator or Representative:
My name is____________
My address is _________________
As a voter in Illinois and a constituent, I am urging you to vote NO on (identify the bill by number).
The reasons why I ask you to vote NO on (identify the bill by number):
Permanently diminishing physical education requirements will deprive students of instructional time that is critical for developing the motor, movement, and behavioral skills that are essential for the lifelong maintenance of a physically active lifestyle.
91% of parents feel that there should be more physical education in schools, particularly for addressing obesity (SHAPE America/American Heart Association, 2016 Shape of the Nation.)
Physical education is identified as an Essential Subject for a well-rounded education, therefore, Title I, Title II and Title IV funds are available for physical education programs (Every Student Succeeds Act 2015).
What Does SB 1947 Mean for K-12 Physical Education?
September 4, 2017
The main purpose of SB 1947 is to create an equalized system for providing school funding in Illinois. Reaching a compromise on budgetary issues was an ongoing battle throughout the legislative session. The General Assembly finally passed a budget in early July but had not addressed the school funding packaged. The lack of a funding agreement left many school districts in Illinois uncertain whether they would be able to remain open for the entire school year. When a compromise was finally reached on SB 1947 several components were added: school vouchers, individual tax credits, a reduction of PE requirements and outsourcing drivers education were last minute add-ons.
Drastic changes have been made to the Physical Education mandate. The key components include: instructional time allotted for PE, exemptions from PE, waivers for PE, and a streamlined waiver process. The components of SB 1947 that directly impact PE are outlined in this document.