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1-7-09:

The 2009 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) competition is now open. The deadline for submission of applications is March 6, 2009. Applications may be submitted in paper format or through www.grants.gov.

7-22-08:

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is pleased to announce the 2008 PEP Grant Award Winners. View PDF file of winners or go to the The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) web site.

2-22-08:

Check out the PEP Blog from Peaceful Playgrounds.

2-20-08:

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is pleased to announce that Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant competition opens on February 15, 2008 and closes on March 24, 2008.

PEP grants support the initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (which may include after-school programs) in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade students by (1) providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities; and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training and education. Five (5) additional points for novice applicants will be awarded.

For the first time in FY 2008, applicants are invited to undertake a self-assessment process utilizing the Physical Activity Programs and Nutrition Services modules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index (SHI). Additional information about this invitational priority, as well as resources can be found in the application package.

Eligible applicants are local educational agencies and community-based organizations. Grantees with current and active grants are not eligible to apply for a grant in FY 2008. The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools will offer three 1.5 hour audio conference calls during which staff will take questions from prospective applicants on topics including eligibility requirements, application requirements and the peer review process. These calls will be held on:

February 22, 2008: 1:30-3 PM ET
February 28, 2008: 2:30-4:00 PM ET
March 4, 2008: 2:00- 3:30 PM ET.

Information on accessing these calls, as well as the full application package, will be posted here: For more information, please contact: Dana Carr, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; (phone) 202-708-5939, (email) dana.carr@ed.gov.

January 28, 2008:

We just learned that $75.655 million in PEP (Physical Education Program) grants will be awarded this calendar year (2008).  That's almost $3 million more than was distributed in 2007. Since the PEP Bill was passed by Congress in 2001, more than 1,000 PEP grants have been awarded across the country.  In Fiscal Year 2001, the PEP Bill was approved for $5 million.  In FY 2002, Congress allotted $50 million; $60 million in FY 2003; $70 million in FY 2004; $73.4 million in FY 2005; $72.7 million in FY 2006; and $72.7 million in FY 2007.

June, 19, 2007

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2007 PEP Grant Awards!

Click here to see the full list of winners!

June 18, 2007

The House subcommittee marked up their bill yesterday and included level funding for the PEP program in FY 2008. This is great news coming from the House.

January 22, 2007

U.S. Department of Education Announces No New PEP Grant Applications to be Accepted in 2007. There will NOT be a Carol M. White Physical Education Program competition this year. They received enough high quality applications last year that they decided to use the existing slate to make new awards in FY 2007 for this program. They will begin to develop the FY 2007 slate for potential new awards and review budget requests in the next few weeks. They hope to announce FY 2007 new grant awards for this program late in the spring or early summer." Additional details will also be posted at the U.S. Department ofEducation's Carol M. White Physical Education Program page.

Sept. 10, 2006

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the winners of the 2006 PEP Grants. Congratulations to all who recieved grant money! Click here to see the recipients for this year.

July 24, 2006

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved their version of a fiscal year 2007 spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. As a result of intensive lobbying efforts, they included a funding level of $73 million for PEP. This level is equal to current year funding and should be sufficient to allow the Department of Education to award new grants in the upcoming fiscal year. Particularly strong in their support for PEP were Senators Stevens (R-AK), Cochran (R-MS), Harkin (D-IA) and Reid (D-NV). At this time, the Senate has not scheduled any floor action for their Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. Meanwhile, the House leadership has continued to delay any floor action on its version of the bill (which includes only $26.4 million for PEP) while they try to find ways to avoid inclusion of the minimum wage increase provision that was added to the bill by the Appropriations Committee. The next challenge will be to ensure that the PEP number in the Senate bill survives a vote by the full chamber, followed by efforts to make sure the Senate prevails in conference as it relates to PEP. It now appears that the most likely scenario is a House-Senate conference sometime after the November elections.

June 12, 2006

PEP Funding In Danger! The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education marked up its version of the Fiscal Year 2007 spending bill. Unfortunately, they agreed to go along with President Bush's request to slash funding for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) to only $26.4 million for next year, a 65 percent reduction from this year's $72.6 million. This amount would only fund the remaining years of previously awarded grants. This does not affect this years amount that will be awarded in the next few months. The time to act is now! Contact all of your members and ask them to contact their member of the House of Representatives to voice their deepest concern for the future of PEP. Simply have them go to the AAHPERD Legislative Action Center and send a copy of the message attached to the PEP alert to their House member. The future of PEP could depend on this.

March 1, 2006

The Department of Education announcement of a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 2006 under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) will be published in the Federal Register of March 1, 2006. The deadline for the application period will be April 12. The Department expects to award approximately 58 grants at an average value of $300,000. This grant can be from one to three years in duration. The competition includes one absolute priority and one competitive preference priority. The absolute priority states that the Department will only consider applications which initiate, expand and improve physical education programs in order to meet state standards for physical education by (1) providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities, and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training and education. The competitive preference priority will be given to those applications from novice applicants. A novice applicant is any applicant who (1) has never received a PEP grant, (2) has never been a member of a group application that received a PEP grant, and (3) has not had an active grant under PEP or its predecessor program, the Physical Education for Progress Program, in the five years prior to the deadline date for this competition. Applications will be available beginning on March 1 and can be obtained online or from the Education Department Publications Center.

To obtain the application online, go to www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/index.html. To obtain a copy from the Publications Center, write to them at P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398 or call at 1-877-433-7827. Reference the competition as CDFA Number 84.215F. The Department is establishing two new performance and efficiency measures for PEP for this competition. The physical activity measure will be (1) the percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity (elementary school students); and/or (2) the percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 225 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity (middle and high school students). The efficiency measure will be the cost per student who achieves the level of physical activity to meet the performance measure. These measures will constitute the Department's indicators of success for the PEP program. All applicants for a PEP grant should give careful consideration to these measures in formulating their approach and evaluation of their proposed project. If funded, applicants will be required to collect and report data on their progress toward these measures.

December 22, 2005

2006 PEP Funding Approved! The U.S. Congress gave final approval to the fiscal year 2006 spending bill for the Department of Education, clearing the bill for President George W. Bush to sign into law. This bill will provide $73.480 million for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) for the upcoming year, representing even funding from last year’s spending level.

In its Forecast of Discretionary Grant Program Funding Opportunities, the Department of Education earlier this month estimated that it will publish an application notice for PEP on February 27, 2006 with a due date of April 12. It expects to award approximately 60-65 new grants of around $250,000 later in the spring.

June 17, 2005

PEP FULLY FUNDED! The Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education has included $73.4 million for PEP in next year's budget bill. That figure represents level funding from the FY 2005 levels and is a tremendous show of support for the program. Please note that the current action is for the House of Representatives only, not the Senate.

January 3, 2005

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a statement saying they will not be accepting new applications for PEP grants in 2005. Here is their statement: We received a very high volume of applications for the program in FY 2004, and although we made more than 230 awards under the program in FY 2004, funding was insufficient to award grants to many of the applications judged to be of high quality by peer reviewers. As a result, we have elected to use the rank-ordered list of applications from the FY 2004 competition to make new grant awards in FY 2005. As such, there will be no new competition for PEP grants during FY 2005. We believe new applications will be accepted starting again in 2006. Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at 202-260-3954.

October 1, 2004

The 2004 PEP Winners have been announced. To view the winners list go here:

www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/awards.html

Feb. 5, 2004

PEP grant applications are now available for downloading at the Department of Education web site. Besides the application itself, seven additional federal forms are also required. To access these forms follow this link http://www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/applicant.html The deadline for submission is March 22, 2004.

Jan. 22, 2004

Today, Congress passed the Omnibus spending bill that contains PEP for FY2004. The $70 million will translate into approximately 300 grants for school districts across the country to improve their physical education programs. This is a significant victory, as it represents the fourth consecutive increase to PEP, and almost a 20% increase from 2003.

The grant process will proceed through the Department of Education, and we will keep everyone posted on the dates for the application process as soon as it becomes available. We don’t anticipate any significant changes to the application, so if you have a copy of last year’s, start work now on your grant. See our website for FAQ’s that you might have on this important funding source for innovative P.E. programs.

December 5, 2003

GREAT NEWS!!! Congress has approved $70 Million for the 2004 PEP Grant program! The application timeline will be similar to the past ... expect the application to be available in late March/early April and the deadline to be in May or June. We will keep you updated with the latest information from Capitol Hill and the Department of Education. For more information visit this site:

http://www.pe4life.org/pepgrant_res.php

October 3, 2003

2003 PEP Grant Winners are announced on the Dept. of Education Web site. Check it out.

http://www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/awards.html?exp=0

June 21, 2003

On Thursday, the House Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations SubCommittee included in its bill $60 million for the Carol M. White PEP program. This is wonderful news in light of the fact that the House Committee has never funded PEP! In each of the last three years, the Senate has funded PEP, but the House Committee has zeroed it out. PEP was funded in conference, on the strength of the Senate's support.

It appears President's budget proposal including a nominal Physical Education initiative helped our cause. Members and staff told our partner, the SGMA (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association), that once the Administration's opposition to PE diminished, they felt more comfortable supporting PEP. That coupled with increasingly strong support for PEP from our champions on the Committee seemed to get us over the top. Special thanks go to Reps. Granger, Wicker, Cunningham, Peterson, Sherwood, Hoyer, DeLauro, Jackson and Lowey.

SENATE: Labor HHS ED appropriations bill is expected to be taken up in Subcommittee next Wednesday and full committee next Thursday. We are hearing good things about PEP's Senate prospects but every bit of extra effort may help us get the best dollar amount possible in the Senate, and position us with maximum leverage in conference.

April 5, 2003

The Carol M. White PEP Grant application is now available and the deadline is coming up quickly! The deadline for the application is May 12, 2003.

March 11, 2003

From the U.S. Department of Education:

As you may know, Congress recently approved funding for the Department of Education, including funding for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Programs for Fiscal Year 2003. (Carol M. White PEP estimated funding level is $59 million.) ... The first step (for the Dept of Education) is to get all required approvals (in-house and OMB) for publication of the Notice Inviting Applications and the application package. This should happen by late March. Once the application and Notice are approved, they will be available electronically at the following web site. Please review the information carefully. Make sure that you follow the instructions in the package, addressing the absolute priority and the selection criteria thoroughly.

This address will hyperlink directly to the application packages in both the electronic and PDF (Word) formats as soon as they become available. Please note that as we move further into the 21st Century, we are encouraging electronic submission of applications under many, if not all of our programs again this year. Sincerely,
Ethel F. Jackson
Education Program Specialist
Patricia Rattler
Program Analyst
Office of Safe and Drug-Free

February 13, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- February 13, 2003 -- Physical education gets the nod on Capitol Hill! Congress has finalized a 20% increase in funding for the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) program. This funding, part of the omnibus spending act, is expected to be approved tomorrow. The bottom line is....$60 million in 2003 will be provided in grants to local school districts and community organizations. PEP funding was $50 million in 2002 and $5 million in 2001.

PEP grant funds are used to purchase fitness/sports equipment and train teachers in innovative physical education programs. In the two years since the program was initiated, the PEP program has provided treadmills, heart rate monitors, inline skates, climbing walls, ski equipment, fitness assessment technology, as well as a wide range of traditional sports equipment.

"Securing funding for the PEP program is the top legislative priority for SGMA International and P.E.4LIFE," said SGMA International's Tom Cove, vice president for government affairs. "This represents a great success and shows what the sporting goods industry can do when it works toward a unified goal. The fact that Congress increased PEP funding from $5 million to $50 million to $60 million shows that this is a critically important initiative for our country, as well as a great program for the sports industry." This effort was also supported by NASPE, thousands of P.E. instructors and advocates across the country, IHRSA, NCPPA, the American Heart Association and many others.

Applications from local schools will be accepted by the U. S. Department of Education beginning in March. Grants will be awarded in September.

January 6, 2003

In a January 6, 2003, Washington Post report entitled, "Lid Put on Domestic Spending -- Bush Wartime Budget Curbs Other Growth," the Carol M. White PEP Grant is specifically singled out as a program that may be cut. Here's an excerpt: Overall education spending would remain frozen at about $50 billion, the same as in 2002, after doubling over the previous six years. Fifty-seven education programs would be cut or eliminated, in line with the administration's view that federal efforts to improve schools have become too fragmented. The president even proposes doing away with a school-based physical education initiative named for a former aide to Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

This means the PEP Grant is on the chopping block and may not be appropriated for the Fiscal Year 2003. P.E.4LIFE continues to work hard to educate Senators and Congressional Representatives about the importance of this legislation, but we need your help. Encourage parents, doctors, community leaders and others in your area to take action! FIRST OF ALL, forward this email to your friends and colleagues. List and encourage your network to join the P.E.4LIFE team by linking to http://www.pe4life.org/joinus.php. We must show Washington D.C. that we have hundreds of thousands of supporters in this important fight for our children's health and well-being. SECOND, go to http://www.pe4life.org and follow the links to NASPE's communication tool to Capitol Hill, CAP WIZ. This is an important time for all advocates of physical education!

Oct. 5, 2002

View the year 2002 Carol White Physical Education Prgram grant winners! (PDF) (HTML)

July 19, 2002

From the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, PE4Life and Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. On Tuesday night, July 16th, the U.S. Senate included $70 million in its Labor/Health/Education appropriations bill for PEP. This is a huge success for us, in that it funds our full request for our top priority. But... As of now the U.S. House of Representatives has not acted and nothing is assured until both bodies pass a bill with the same numbers. So, yes it is GREAT NEWS, but we have a way to go before the money is in the bank!

July 10, 2002

The application deadline for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP Grant) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 has passed. Names of the recipients will be announced no sooner than September 1, 2002. Approximately 167 grant awards will be made under this program in Fiscal Year 2002. Awards will range from $100,000 to $500,000; with an average award of $300,000.

April 29, 2002

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant is now available. The grant application form can be accessed at www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS. Just click on the "Grants" link, then select "Carol M. White Physical Education Program (84.215F). The closing date is June 7, 2002" under the heading "FY2002 Funding Opportunities." That link will take you to a section with the following information…

Contact Person: Ethel Jackson, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW--Room 3E308, Washington, DC 20202-6123. Telephone: (202) 260-2812, e-mail address: ethel.jackson@ed.gov.

April 16, 2002

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP Grant) Notice will be published in the Federal Register by April 26. Applications will be due approximately June 7. As soon as the NFP is published the application will be available at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS.

April 4, 2002

We have learned that the U.S. Department of Education reports that the application and the notice of final priority and closing date should be available by April 15, 2002. When the application becomes available you can get it at the Safe and Drug Free Schools web site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS

P.E.P GRANT NAME CHANGE: The official name for this grant program is now the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) (CFDA# 84.215F). If you wish, look for the name and the CFDA number to find the information on the web site and to request information from the Department of Education.

March 17, 2002

P.E.4LIFE was in contact with Ethel Jackson at the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday, March 14, 2002 and has this update on the status of the PEP Grant Program. As most of you know, $50 million is available in federal grant money to initiate, expand and improve physical education programs for all Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in order to make progress toward meeting state standards for physical education. The U.S. Department of Education reports that the application and the notice of final priority and closing date should be available not later than the 31st of March. You are encouraged to check the Safe and Drug Free Schools web site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS beginning the 22nd of March.

P.E.P GRANT NAME CHANGE

BE ADVISED: The official name for this grant program is the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) (CFDA# 84.215F). You should look for the name and the CFDA number to find the information on the web site and to request information from the Department of Education. Once the application becomes available, it will be posted at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS. You may then:

a) complete and submit the application electronically, OR
b) download a copy of the application from the web site, complete and submit via mail, OR
c) request a hard copy of the application from the Department through the Safe and Drug-Free Program Office or by calling either of the program contacts listed below.

The most expedient method would be to download the application directly from the web site.

To be put on a mailing address, you may contact Pat Rattler via email at pat.rattler@ed.gov or at (202) 260-1942, You may also contact the Program Manager, Ethel Jackson at ethel.jackson@ed.gov or at (202) 260-2812.

February 12, 2002

From NASPE:

Yesterday the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) received the following memo from the U.S. Department of Education about the $50 million Physical Education for Progress Act Grants for 2002. Please share this with physical educators and their grants administrators in school districts around the country.

Dear Constituents:

Thank you for your interest in the Carol M. White Physical Education Program. We are currently working on the Closing Date Notice and making the application available to potential applicants. We anticipate the application will be available at the end of February. However, this date is not a firm one.

Once available, the application will be accessible via the Safe and Drug-Free Schools web site at: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS

As soon as the application is available, it will also be available on line at the above web site. Once it is available, you will be able to either download the package or to apply electronically. You may also request a hard copy of the application by calling 1-877-433-7827.

If you have additional questions you can call either Pat Rattler at 202-260-1942 or e-mail (pat.rattler@ed.gov) or Ethel Jackson at 202-260-2812 or e-mail (ethel.jackson@ed.gov).

Again, thank you for your interest in the Physical Education for Progress Program.

We hope many of you will be able to join us in San Diego at the national AAHPERD convention. On Thursday, April 11 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm, NASPE's Council on School Leadership in Physical Education (CSLPE) will host a session with the first PEP grant winners.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, school districts who applied for the PEP grants last year may do so again but will need to complete a new application and meet the new priority language. Once the guidelines are announced, applicants will have at least four weeks to complete the application. The award decisions will be made by June 30, 2002.

DECEMBER 28, 2001

"The House of Representatives and Senate resolved their differences on the FY 2002 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill this week and included $50 million for the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act. This is a 900% increase over the FY 2001 funding level of $5 million.

This is obviously a tremendous success. We owe it to everyone who made an effort to support PEP funding over the last few weeks and months. As was the case last year, we anticipate the U.S. Department of Education will publish the procedures for applying for the physical education funding."

OCTOBER 11, 2001

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2001 grant awards under the Physical Education for Progress grant program. This initiative supports innovative approaches to health and physical activity that equip students with the knowledge to be healthy and physically active for a lifetime. To view the 18 grant award recipients and project abstracts visit: www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SDFS/pepgrnts.doc

MAY 9, 2001

Yesterday (May 8) the U.S. Department of Education released the guidelines for the Physical Education for Progress Act ($5 million) grants program. School districts can apply for grants expected to average $300,000 each to initiate, expand, or improve physical education programs. The grants can't be used to fund extracurricular activities. Applicants are required to perform needs assessments of their current PE programs and, based on the assessment, describe how they will use federal funds to help meet state standards for physical education. Priority for funding will go to applicants who will use at least half the funding to benefit schools identified for improvement by their states under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The deadline to file applications is June 18. Application forms are currently available from Connie.Deshpande@ed.gov. For futher information, see this Web site www.ed.gov/GrantApps/#84.215F or the Federal Register for May 7, 2001.

APRIL 21, 2001

There is no word as of yet on the release of the guidelines for the $5 million Physical Education for Progress Act grants from the U.S. Department of Education. NASPE will let you know as soon as they are released. However, the future of PEP in the new Bush administration budget is in jeopardy!

It is critically important that you urge everyone you know to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives to the 107th Congress NOW and ask them to support funding for physical education in the new education bill. The new proposed Bush education bill has repealed Title 9-14 of the Elementary and Secondary School Act, some 60-70 programs including PEP! Several of these repealed programs may likely come back in different parts of the education bill, including a proposed amendment by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) but there are no guarantees. NASPE/AAHPERD needs your help to make sure physical education funding is included in new education legislation!

As you may recall, the 106th Congress authorized funding of $400 million for PEP over the next five years. This money now needs to be appropriated. President George W. Bush has requested that Congress pass the Elementary and Secondary School Act no later than July 2001, and discussions are now being held in both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. See the list at the back of this memo for the key Senators/Representatives that need to be contacted immediately. Other members should be urged to let these committees know that they support funding for physical education.

Remind the legislators that PEP is important to children because of two disturbing facts: the percentage of overweight young people has more than doubled in the last 30 years and only 25 % participate in any type of daily physical activity. Physical education instruction provides regular physical activity and teaches children the skills and knowledge they need to adopt active lifestyles and enhances academic achievement.

Invite your U.S. Senators and Representative to visit your school during May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The Senate will be working in their home districts the week of May 28 - June 1 while the House will be home May 26-June 3. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your quality physical education program and encourage funding support for physical education.

If this does not work out with your school schedule, then consider inviting them to visit the new school year. They will be in their home districts the month of August through Labor Day.

In addition, if you haven't done so already, contact Secretary of Education Rod Paige ( U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202) and encourage him to: … release immediately the $5 million Physical Education for Progress Act grants appropriated by the 106th U.S. Congress and facilitate the distribution of the funds ASAP. … include $70 million for PEP in the President's Budget this year for the Department of Education … encourage Congress to appropriate the full funding, $400 million, over the next five years.

EARLY APRIL 2001

1. "How do I apply for a PEP grant?" is the number one question coming into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) these days. As you know, the U.S. Congress approved a mammoth omnibus spending bill on December 15, 2000, which included a $5 million appropriation for the Physical Education for Progress Act for fiscal year 2001. Here is the latest!

The Bush Administration has imposed a moratorium on all federal grant programs. When that moratorium is lifted, the U.S. Department of Education will release the PEP grant guidelines for the $5 million program, and we have been told that school districts will have six weeks to submit proposals. We do not know when that will happen nor when the winning grants will be announced but the recipients will have 12 months to complete their projects.

Grants are to help initiate, expand and improve physical education programs for kindergarten through grade 12 students. Funds can be used to purchase equipment, develop curriculum, train physical education staff, and support other initiatives designed to support instructional physical education activities.

Continue reading at NASPE Web site....

FEBRUARY 2001

On December 15, 2000, the U.S. Congress approved a mammoth omnibus spending bill, which included a $5 million appropriation for the Physical Education for Progress Act for fiscal year 2001. Here's what is know so far in terms of teachers applying for this money:

According to officials at the U.S. Department of Education, they believe the PEP grant guidelines will be announced sometime in March and school districts will have six weeks to submit proposals. The winning grants will be announced the first week of June 2001 and recipients will have 12 months to complete their projects.

Grants are to help initiate, expand and improve physical education programs for kindergarten through grade 12 students. Funds can be used to purchase equipment, develop curriculum, hire and/or train physical education staff, and support other initiatives designed to enable students to participate in physical education activities.

Efforts to get the full $400 million appropriated over the next five years will be enhanced by the success of these first grants. It is critical that programs show significant improvement in student learning and increased physical activity as a result of the funding provided by these grants. Therefore, so that you are ready when the appropriate guidelines are announced, NASPE recommends that you:

Encourage everyone you know to write to the new U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to encourage him to support quality physical education programs in the new Administration. His address is:

The Honorable Rod Paige
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

In addition to thinking of ways to improve your physical education program, it is also important for everyone to thank their Senators and Representatives for their support of the PEP bill and to begin writing letters now to members of the U.S. Congress's various Appropriation Committees as well as the Education Committees. NASPE will provide you a full list of the committees' members once they are approved by Congress. In the meantime, here are the names of the respective Republican Chairs:

In addition, we need to write letters seeking full funding for the Physical Education for Progress Act to the members of all of these committees. Please let us know if you have personal relationships with any of these individuals.