senate Bill S135

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain schools

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S135 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3627
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S649A, A1419A
2009-2010: S125, A4695

S135 - Bill Texts

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Directs the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain schools.

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BILL NUMBER:S135

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
directing the commissioner of education to create a pilot program to
improve physical education/physical activity programs in certain
schools; and providing for the repeal of such provision upon expiration
thereof

PURPOSE:
This bill intends to provide resources for schools to implement a
physical education program that provides children with the physical
activity needed to maintain a healthy life.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: This section of the bill sets forth the legislative
reasoning for the establishment of this pilot program.

Section 2: This section of the bill directs the commissioner of
education to establish a physical education pilot program for at
least 10 elementary, middle, or high schools with seventy-five
percent of the schools located in NYC, all to be based on select
criteria. This section also establishes the requirements of the
contractor.

Section 3: This section of the bill requires funding for the program
to be provided by the Department of Education.

JUSTIFICATION:
The United States is confronting a devastating obesity epidemic. The
primary causes of childhood obesity - lack of physical activity and
poor diet - continue to permeate youth culture and will compromise
the quality of life and increase health cost s beyond sustainable.

The statistics for adult physical activity and prevalence of disease
are worrisome, especially for New Yorkers. 26.5% of adults in New
York report that they do not engage in any physical activity compared
to the national average of 22%. More than 700,000 New York City
residents have diabetes, most of whom suffer from type 2 diabetes.
The medical cost of treating diabetics in New York City is almost
half a billion dollars a year, while the individual's quality of life
and workplace productivity is severely hampered.

New York State must supply students with the tools to achieve a
healthy life. Currently, 43% of all NYC elementary school students
are overweight or obese. Furthermore, overweight youth 10-15 years
old have an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult. by age 25. At
current rates, Type 2 diabetes is expected to afflict one in three
American children born after 1999.

Physical education in the school proves remarkably successful, While
New York State requires physical fitness education in schools, many
schools have difficulties implementing the requirements due to
limited resources in funding and/or space. For example,
student-teacher ratios for physical education in New York City are an
estimated 730 to 1.


This bill intends to assist schools in providing the much needed
exercise our children need to maintain an active and enjoyable life.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S. 7252 of 2008
03/24/08 Referred to Education
S.649A of 2011
01/05/11 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
06/22/11 COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
06/22/11 ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL. 1492
06/22/11 PASSED SENATE
06/22/11 DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
06/22/11 Referred to Education
01/04/12 Died in Assembly
01/04/12 Returned to Senate
01/04/12 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
02/10/12 AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
02/10/12 PRINT NUMBER 649A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined by the Commissioner of Education.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill shall take effective immediately; provided that the pilot
program established by section two of this act shall be administered
in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years; and provided further
that the provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed
on and after June 30, 2015.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   135

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT directing the commissioner of education to create a pilot program
  to improve physical education/physical activity  programs  in  certain
  schools;  and  providing for the repeal of such provision upon expira-
  tion thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings  and  intent.  The United States is
confronting a devastating obesity epidemic. The primary causes of child-
hood obesity - lack of physical activity and poor  diet  -  continue  to
permeate  youth  culture  and  will  diminish hundreds of thousands more
lives and cost billions more  dollars  if  left  un-reversed.  26.5%  of
adults in New York report that they do not engage in any physical activ-
ity  compared to the national average of 22%. More than 700,000 New York
City residents have diabetes, most of those suffer from type 2 diabetes,
a devastating disease primarily caused by lack of physical activity  and
poor  diet. Type 2 diabetes is expected to afflict one in three American
children born in and after 2000. The medical cost of treating  diabetics
in New York City is almost half a billion dollars a year; the human toll
and  loss  of  workplace productivity is incalculable.  Overweight youth
10-15 years old have an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult by age 25.
43% of all NYC elementary  school  students  are  overweight  or  obese.
Student-teacher  ratios  for  physical education in New York City are an
estimated 730 to 1. While  New  York  state  requires  physical  fitness
education  in  schools,  many schools have difficulties implementing the
requirements due to limited resources in funding and/or space.
  S 2. (a) The commissioner of education is hereby directed to establish
a physical education/physical activity pilot program. The department  of
education  shall  select  at least ten public elementary, middle or high

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00146-01-3

S. 135                              2

schools in the state to participate in a two year pilot program aimed at
improving physical education and  physical  activity  programs  in  such
schools.  The  department  may  expand such program to additional public
schools  upon request and available funding. Seventy-five percent of the
schools selected shall be located in  the  city  of  New  York  and  the
remaining  shall  be  selected based upon the criteria set forth in this
act. Each participating school shall be required to provide at least  45
minutes  per  week  of  a combination of physical education and physical
activity for each student. A pilot school shall not be penalized in  any
manner  if  a reasonable attempt has been made to provide the program to
each student.
  (b) The program shall be  administered  through  a  contract  with  an
outside entity that is able to provide:
  (1) a minimum of 45 minutes of activity per week for each student;
  (2) a proven track record of effectiveness;
  (3)  flexibility in providing services, either before, during or after
school hours;
  (4) physical education, in addition to nutrition and health education;
  (5) a system of accountability and transparency;
  (6) on-going support and training services; and
  (7) incentives and awards for good performance for individuals, class-
es and schools.
  (c) The pilot program established by this act may be  run  in  coordi-
nation  with  the  Road  Runner  Mighty  Milers  program, a school-based
program combining daily aerobic activities with  personalized  goal-set-
ting,  nutrition,  academic,  and  health education components available
at-site and on-line, established by the New York  Road  Runners  Founda-
tion.
  (d) The education department may accept applications for participation
in the pilot program from schools meeting the following criteria:
  (1)  at least 50% of the students qualify for federal free and reduced
lunches;
  (2) the school has demonstrated limited facilities and/or resources to
implement a physical education program; and
  (3) the school will be able to provide a "site coordinator"  including
but   not   limited  to  a  member  of  the  facility  or  member  of  a
parent/teacher organization.
  (e) The department of education shall conduct  an  evaluation  of  the
pilot  program which may be done in collaboration with an outside entity
and shall report preliminary findings by May 15, 2015 and a final report
by July 15, 2015 to the governor and the legislature.
  S 3.  Funding  for  the  physical  education/physical  activity  pilot
program  shall  be  provided through appropriations to the department of
education.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that  the  pilot
program  established by section two of this act shall be administered in
the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years; and provided further that  the
provisions  of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed on and after
June 30, 2015.

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