Student Well-Being

Federal Physical Education Funding Spared in New Budget Bill

By Bryan Toporek — December 16, 2011 1 min read

UPDATED

In the $1 trillion compromise budget bill put forth by Congress this week, funding for the Department of Education would stay relatively level, but a number of education-related initiatives wouldn’t be so lucky, my colleague Erik Robelen reports.

One education program that wouldn’t see a reduction in funding? The Carol M. White Physical Education Program, which would maintain all $79 million of its budget from last year in fiscal 2012.

[UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): According to my colleagues over at Politics K-12, the House passed the budget by a vote of 296-121.]

The PEP provides grants to local education agencies and community-based organizations to “initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs” for K-12 students, according to the Dept. of Ed.'s website.

Back in late September, the department awarded 76 PEP grants worth more than $35 million to organizations across the country.

For more education-related reaction to the budget bill, check out both Politics K-12 and On Special Education.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.