Complaint Against DOE Alleging Inequity in Access to Physical Education in CA


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In August 2015, six health and civil rights advocacy groups filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights alleging inequity in access to physical education and fitness in California public schools on the basis of race, color, and national origin.

California requires schools to provide a minimum of 200 minutes of physical education every ten days in elementary schools, and 400 minutes in middle and high schools; however, research suggests that students attending minority majority schools are offered less time for recess and less time for physical education. However, according to a 2015 study conducted by University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, Black and Hispanic students are systematically denied quality physical education and are less physically fit than other students in California public schools, and are disproportionately at increased risk for obesity and obesity-related disease.

The six health and civil rights advocacy groups-CAHPERD (California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), The City Project, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Anahuak Youth Sports Association, and Prevention Institute-are requesting compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and its implementing regulations, to ensure all students, regardless of race, color, or ethnicity, have equal access to physical education resources.

Ensuring equitable access to physical education for all students could have a positive impact on Latino childhood obesity, as well as their health into adulthood.

Read more about this administrative complaint here.


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