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In October 2013, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will examine the critical issue of physical education in schools. Although Illinois is one of the few states to mandate daily physical education, CPS students receive far fewer hours than are required by the state and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Physical education is particularly vital in CPS because 43 percent of the district’s students are considered overweight or obese. Research also clearly shows the immediate power of physical activity to increase cognition and memory, making students more likely to succeed academically as well as in life.
Individuals and community members:
Raise your voice in support of daily physical education in all CPS schools! Sign your name to this petition, which will be presented to the CPS Board of Education on October 23rd.
Sign on to HSC’s letter, urging the CPS Board of Education to adopt a comprehensive strategic plan to implement daily physical education.
View our statement of support (organization list is updated as of 10/28/2013)