Save PE in our schools!

Dear John Hay Families:

There is a new bill out there that may come up; it is called HB 1025- The School Flexibility Act.  This bill seeks to  ELIMINATE THE K-8 Physical Education Requirement!!!  Scroll to the bottom of the bill and see what is in there that is being repealed.

Sec. 17.  The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 28A.210.255 (Provision of health services in public and private schools–Employee job description) and 2003 c 172 s 2;
(2) RCW 28A.210.365 (Food choice, physical activity, childhood 4 fitness–Minimum standards–District waiver or exemption policy) and 5 2007 c 5 s 5; 6
(3) RCW 28A.220.050 (Information on proper use of left-hand lane)  and 1986 c 93 s 4;
(4) RCW 28A.220.060 (Information on effects of alcohol and drug 9 use) and 1991 c 217 s 2;10
5) RCW 28A.220.070 (Rules) and 2000 c 115 s 11;11
(6) RCW 28A.220.080 (Information on motorcycle awareness) and 200712 c 97 s 4 & 2004 c 126 s 1;
(7) RCW 28A.220.085 (Information on driving safely among bicyclists and pedestrians) and 2008 c 125 s 4;15
(8) RCW 28A.230.040 (Physical education in grades one through16 eight) and 2006 c 263 s 4, 1984 c 52 s 1, & 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.05.030; and
(9) RCW 28A.230.150 (Temperance and Good Citizenship Day–Aids inprogramming) and 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.02.090

Please check the wahperd website (wahperd.com) for resources to read through to keep you informed as you write to your representative.

Listed below are the sponsors of the bill with their emails.   Larry Crouse out of Spokane is the main sponsor, but we need to email all of these people including our own local representatives and senators.

Things to highlight in your emails:

1.       Academic benefits of physical education.
2.       Obesity stats:  34% now, predicted to be 40% by next decade.
3.       We need more PE, not less!!
4.       Do not balance the budget on the backs of our students who need to be active!
5.       This generation of student is predicted to not out live their parents because of the obesity and diabetes epidemics.
6.       Our state spends about 1.8 billion dollars each year for health care costs due to obesity and diabetes.
7.       Let’s put some money into to prevention rather than treatment; prevention costs less than treatment!.

Legislators tend to respond to emails that is your own text for your emails, rather than all of us sending them a “form email”.

Thanks and let’s work hard to reverse this bill!

Here is the list of emails:

Larry.crouse@leg.wa.gov
Matt.shea@leg.wa.gov
Larry.haler@leg.wa.gov
Bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov
Mike.armstrong@leg.wa.gov
Cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov
Norm.johnson@leg.wa.gov
Ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov
Charles.ross@leg.wa.gov
Jan.angel@leg.wa.gov
Barbara.bailey@leg.wa.gov
Dan.kristiansen@leg.wa.gov
Maureen.walsh@leg.wa.gov
Sherry.short@leg.wa.gov
Joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov
Brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov

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