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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Jan 08, 2014 referred to education
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S135 - Details

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Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S649A, A1419A
2009-2010: S125, A4695

S135 - Summary

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

S135 - Sponsor Memo

S135 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             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


  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.


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