The 2020 Legislative Session for Tennessee is in full swing. There are a couple of bills in the House and Senate Education Committees that directly affect elementary physical education teachers. SB 0330 by Hensley/HB 1244 by Dunn & Byrd deals directly with provision of the Cronan Act for Elementary Physical Education.
The Cronan Act for Elementary Physical Education has 4 components:
1. physical education taught by a physical education specialist or a teacher with an endorsement in physical education
2. at least 2 days of instructional physical education per full school week
3. at least 60 minutes per week of instructional physical education
4. an annual report to the education committees of the legislature by DOE
House Bill 1688, in its original form, deletes elementary physical education being taught by a physical education specialist or a teacher with an endorsement in physical education; it also deletes the annual reporting. At the Subcommittee of the House Education Committee, an amendment was added to HB 1688 that provides at least two 15 minutes periods of physical activity for students in K-2.
Now is the time to express our opinions as professionals in health and physical education to each member of the House Education Committee. The message is simple:
THE CRONAN ACT FOR ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION IS LAW. THE TIME FOR IMPLEMENTATION IS NOW. DO NOT LET ANYTHING STAND IN THE WAY OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOR CHILDREN.
Senators listen to their constituents–you, me, the voters of Tennessee. Support two days per week of physical education for children; let your voice be heard. Click on the link below to access the list of Education Committee members:
NOTE: Any action that can be considered political, e.g., contacting legislators and/or contacting others physical education professionals should be done after school hours and on personal devices.
Learn what you can do!
Call to Action – TAHPERD Letter to Members
The Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance is committed in educating health, physical education, recreation, and dance personnel from around the state as to the need for legislation to maintain and/or update current standards.
The Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) requires broad stakeholder engagement in order to implement comprehensive and effective state and school district plans. Click here to view key contacts and stakeholder groups in Tennessee.
Current State Legislation
Class Size Law TCA 49-1-104
(a) It is the intent of the general assembly that every LEA move expeditiously and promptly towards the goals established in this section, and to the end, neither the commissioner nor the state board of education shall grant waivers from the maximum class sizes established in this section. Every public school system shall have a policy that pupil-teacher ratios should not exceed the averages prescribed in this section. In no school building shall the average size of any grade level unit prescribed in this section exceed the state average, though any individual class within that unit may exceed the average; provided, that no class shall exceed the prescribed maximum size.
Class Size Mandates by Grade Level
- K-3: class size may average 20 students with a maximum of 25 students
- 4-6: class size may average 25 students with a maximum of 30 students
- 7-12: class size may average 30 students with a maximum of 35 students