2017-06-07 / Features

Universal PE For All Public Schools Announced



Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito (who was unable to attend) announced a new Universal Physical Education initiative to provide all public schools with a designated PE space by 2021. The Mayor and Chancellor made the announcement at P.S. 81 in Ridgewood Queens, where in 2018, the school will break ground on a new, stand-alone gymnasium. Starting next school year, the school will also have a new, full-time certified PE instructor. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Education who was at P.S. 81 stated, “My district has lacked adequate space for years, despite the best efforts of parents, teachers and principals. I am thrilled that schools like P.S. 81, which until relatively recently had outdoor trailers, a coal-burning heating system and other vestiges of its 19th century construction, will finally be upgraded for the children of today.” 
Photos DanMiller/DMD IMAGES Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito (who was unable to attend) announced a new Universal Physical Education initiative to provide all public schools with a designated PE space by 2021. The Mayor and Chancellor made the announcement at P.S. 81 in Ridgewood Queens, where in 2018, the school will break ground on a new, stand-alone gymnasium. Starting next school year, the school will also have a new, full-time certified PE instructor. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Education who was at P.S. 81 stated, “My district has lacked adequate space for years, despite the best efforts of parents, teachers and principals. I am thrilled that schools like P.S. 81, which until relatively recently had outdoor trailers, a coal-burning heating system and other vestiges of its 19th century construction, will finally be upgraded for the children of today.” Photos DanMiller/DMD IMAGES

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