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Save Portland P.E.
Local Media Coverage

June & July 2010
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                            'Save Portland PE' campaign makes a fast,
                                        well-funded splash



                    A coalition of physical education-loving health and sports
                    groups have put together a splashy "Save Portland PE"
                    campaign complete with a professional poll, a full-page
Insert image here   newspaper ad and a radio advertising blitz.

                    Just days after Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole
                    Smith recommended cutting elementary and middle school
                    PE teachers as part of her plan to handle a $19 million cut in
                    state funding for next school year, the coalition made a
                    professionally designed, well-funded splash to quash that
                    plan.

                    Made up of groups including the Oregon Medical
                    Association, the Trail Blazers, Nike and Providence Health
                    Services, the coalition is trumpeting the results of its weekend
                    poll, conducted by the respected firm Davis, Hibbitts &
                    Midghall. The poll found 86 percent of Portland residents
                    want the school board to spend money from reserves rather
                    than cut PE.



                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: The Oregonian
                    URL:http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2010/06/
                    save_portland_pe_campaign_make.html
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                         Facebook Fans Urge PPS to “Save Portland PE”




                    Pressure is building at Portland Public Schools following
                    Superintendent Carole Smith’s announcement last week that
                    the school district might eliminate wholesale programs like
                    physical education or art, music and other electives at
                    elementary, middle and K-8 schools.
Insert image here   The superintendent proposed those cuts to help fill the
                    district’s $19 million budget hole for next year.

                    And now, a new Facebook group called Save Portland PE
                    urges parents and community members to call Smith and the
                    seven members of the Portland School Board to voice their
                    objections to the proposal before tomorrow’s 6:30 pm budget
                    hearing, when the board plans to consider the cuts. The
                    Facebook group has 149 fans. Supporters plan a full-page ad
                    in tomorrow’s Oregonian. They also have radio ads decrying
                    the proposed change and have released a poll reporting that
                    Portlanders don’t want PE to disappear.




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                    Media: Willamette Week
                    URL:
                    http://blogs.wweek.com/news/2010/06/28/facebook-fans-
                    urge-pps-to-save-portland-pe/
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                              Don't let schools go
                             quietly into the night

                    School boards have no choice but to make sweeping cuts to
                    balance budgets,
Insert image here   but layoffs, lost days and diminished schools must not
                    become the new normal

                    As school boards across Oregon lay off teachers, whack
                    programs and even slice school days from budgets due by
                    Thursday, cuts once met by outrage are being greeted by a
                    disturbing silence.

                    It sounds like surrender. It seems Oregonians are so tired, so
                    inured to school cuts, that they no longer feel anything even
                    when a school district slashes 10 entire days off its calendar.
                    Share
                    Remember when cutting school days still felt like a punch to
                    the gut? It was only seven years ago when Doonesbury went
                    hard after Oregon for closing schools, and Portland teachers
                    even worked two weeks for free just to keep the doors open
                    and the kids in their seats.



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                    Media: The Oregonian
                    URL:http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/06/do
                    nt_let_schools_go_quietly_in.html
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                          Help Save Portland PE

                    In Portland, nearly 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese.
                    The Portland School Board is now considering eliminating
                    physical education in elementary and middle schools.
                    These are difficult times, but the decision to cut PE will have
                    a lasting impact on kids’ lives today and into adulthood. At a
Insert image here   time when America faces an epidemic of childhood obesity,
                    cutting access to PE only makes things worse.
                    Please encourage the School Board and Superintendent to
                    find a better way!
                    PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TODAY:
                    Superintendent Carole Smith: csmith1@pps.k12.or.us
                    call: 503-916-3200
                    School board members:
                    Ruth Adkins, radkins@pps.k12.or.us
                    Pam Knowles, pknowles@pps.k12.or.us
                    David Wynde, david.wynde@pps.k12.or.us
                    Trudy Sargent, tsargent@pps.k12.or.us
                    Bobbie Regan bobbieregan@comcast.net
                    Dilafruz Williams, dilafruz.williams@pps.k12.or.us



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                    Media: Oregon Sports Authority
                    URL: http://www.oregonsports.org/help-save-portland-pe/
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                            'Save Portland PE' campaign makes a fast,
                                        well-funded splash



                    June 29--A coalition of physical education-loving health and
                    sports groups have put together a splashy "Save Portland PE"
                    campaign complete with a professional poll, a full-page
                    newspaper ad and a radio advertising blitz.

Insert image here   Just days after Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole
                    Smith recommended cutting elementary and middle school
                    PE teachers as part of her plan to handle a $19 million cut in
                    state funding for next school year, the coalition made a
                    professionally designed, well-funded splash to quash that
                    plan.

                    Made up of groups including the Oregon Medical
                    Association, the Trail Blazers, Nike and Providence Health
                    Services, the coalition is trumpeting the results of its weekend
                    poll, conducted by the respected firm Davis, Hibbitts &
                    Midghall. The poll found 86 percent of Portland residents
                    want the school board to spend money from reserves rather
                    than cut PE.


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                    Territory: United States
                    Media: DailyMe
                    URL:
                    http://dailyme.com/story/2010062900001079/sav
                    e-portland-pe-campaign-makes-fast.html
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                          „Save Portland PE‟ campaign makes a
                                 fast, well-funded splash



                    'Save Portland PE' campaign makes a fast, well-funded splash




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                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: The Oregonian
                    URL:
                    http://twitter.com/OregonianBiz/statuses/17296
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                           Healthier cafeteria food, more intense gym
                              classes lower students' diabetes risk



                    Study involving UCI shows school-based intervention can
                    have significant impact
                    Irvine, Calif. – Healthier cafeteria choices, longer and more
                    intense periods of physical activity and robust in-school
                    education programs can lower rates of obesity and other risk
Insert image here   factors for type 2 diabetes, according to a national study
                    called HEALTHY.

                    The findings will be presented Sunday, June 27, at the
                    American Diabetes Association's 70th Scientific Sessions
                    event in Orlando, Fla., and will appear online and in the June
                    29 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

                    UC Irvine was among eight academic medical centers
                    nationwide chosen to participate in the three-year effort,
                    funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive &
                    Kidney Diseases, a branch of the National Institutes of
                    Health, and the American Diabetes Association.




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                    Media: Eurek Alert!
                    URL:
                    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/201
                    0-06/uoc--hcf062410.php
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                          Oregon schools consider eliminating programs and

                             restructuring to cover state funding shortfall




                    Skip textbook purchases. Dip into reserves. Keep vacant jobs
                    open. Those are among the first ways that school districts try
                    to trim budgets. But for most Oregon districts, those options
                    have been exhausted.

Insert image here   Now, many school leaders face a third consecutive year of
                    reductions and are planning cuts that will hit the core of
                    Oregon's K-12 education system -- school days, teachers and
                    programs.

                    The North Clackamas School District is lopping 10 days from
                    the 2010-11 school year, and Hillsboro, Forest Grove and
                    Lake Oswego are planning to cut four. Portland Public
                    Schools has proposed program cuts that would eliminate
                    physical education in elementary and middle schools.

                    From Beaverton and West Linn to Gresham and Oregon City,
                    nearly all Portland metro area districts expect to eliminate
                    staff positions, ranging from 15 in some areas to as many as
                    180 in others.

                    Geography: North America
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                    Media: The Oregonian
                    URL:
                    http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2010/06/o
                    regon_schools_consider_elimin.html
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                            Supporters fight plan to cut Phys Ed in
                                      Portland schools



                    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A crowd of about 200 turned out for
                    Tuesdays Portland School Board meeting, most to show
                    support for keeping physical education programs in local
                    elementary and middle schools.

                    Phys Ed and several other programs face elimination as
                    Portland schools try to balance a $19 million shortfall.
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                    Cutting Phys Ed in Portland elementary and middle schools
                    would save the district more than $6 million.

                    According to supporters of the program, including doctors
                    and many parents, the money saved by eliminating Phys Ed
                    would be wiped out by future health problems.

                    "The data is clear. The science is clear," said Dr. Minot
                    Cleveland. "Kids that are more fit do better academically,
                    they do better physically, so it doesn't have to be an either or.
                    We have to have both to work together."



                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: KGW
                    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38008748/
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       Portland Schools Consider Cutting Physical
                       Education


PORTLAND, Ore. - People supporting physical education in
elementary schools in the Portland Public School District say
the district would be better advised to spend down the
district's $35 million dollar reserve amount rather than cut
physical education for kindergarten through eighth graders.

"We know that healthy kids learn better and we know
physical activity helps the brain learn and we know when we
take a look at kids scores in school that they are better when
they've gotten some exercise, " says parent Isabelle Barbour.

Many parents and instructors at Tuesday night's board
meeting say physical education is of utmost importance as
kids nationwide are burdened by near epidemic levels of
childhood obesity.

What's more many at the meeting say the district still has $35
million dollars in reserve funds it is saving for a rainy
day. The school board has been reluctant to spend down the
reserve rapidly fearing worse budgetary times may lie ahead.


Geography: North America
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Media: KOIN
URL:http://www.koinlocal6.com/content/news/tops
tories/story/Portland-Schools-Consider-Cutting-
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                            Battle brewing over P-E cuts at Portland
                                            schools



                    Kgw.Com Local News — Wed Jun 30 00:44:59 UTC 2010
                    PORTLAND, Ore. — A crowd was expected at Tuesday’s
                    Portland School Board meeting to show support for keeping
                    physical education programs in local elementary and middle
                    schools. Phys Ed and several other programs possibly could
Insert image here   be the losers as Portlan… about: Education Local Portland
                    Oregon Portland School Board




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: The Portland 10
                    URL:
                    http://portland10.cityspur.com/2010/06/29/battle-
                    brewing-over-p-e-cuts-at-portland-schools/
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                            Higher taxes or fat
                           Portland kids -- which
                            would you choose?
                    I would happily pay higher taxes to avoid seeing more fat
                    kids in Portland.

                    That might sound crass or shallow, but this is not a question
                    of aesthetics. Gym class seems like kids' stuff, but our
Insert image here   children need it and we should find a way to provide it,
                    maybe even use this latest crisis as an opportunity.
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                    Portland Public School leaders are considering slashing
                    elementary and middle school PE teachers in response to
                    apocalyptic budget news from Salem. Let's assume that this
                    isn't just a negotiating ploy to force the teachers' union to
                    accept pay freezes.

                    A coalition of parents, health care providers and corporations
                    wants the school board to find other cuts or preserve Phys Ed
                    next fall by dipping into $33 million in reserves.




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: The Oregonian
                    URL:
                    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/anna_griffin
                    /index.ssf/2010/06/higher_taxes_or_fat_portland_k.html
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                             Portland school board reluctant to
                            spend more from savings to prevent
                                  painful teacher cutbacks


                    Portland Public Schools should spend down its savings
                    account rather than cut physical education teachers in the face
                    of a $19 million cut in state spending, the school board was
                    told repeatedly Tuesday during a packed budget hearing.

Insert image here   But board members, including David Wynde, the budget
                    chairman, said the board must hold the line and not spend any
                    more from savings given a looming $50 million shortfall for
                    Portland schools in the next two school years, taking into
                    account state revenue forecasts.
                    "I reluctantly feel we have got to hold on to our reserves," and
                    make permanent cuts to the staffing levels and operating costs
                    of the school system, said board member Dilafruz Williams.
                    "It's sobering, it's depressing, but it's the reality we are
                    facing."

                    "No matter what we do there is going to be harm to our
                    students," said board member Ruth Adkins. "There is just no
                    way to avoid that."



                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: The Oregonian
                    URL:
                    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/06/p
                    ortland_school_board_hears_pl.html
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                        Supporters fight plan to
                        cut Phys Ed in Portland
                                schools
                    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A crowd of about 200 turned out
                    for Tuesday’s Portland School Board meeting, most to show
                    support for keeping physical education programs in local
                    elementary and middle schools.
                    Phys Ed and several other programs face elimination as
Insert image here   Portland schools try to balance a $19 million shortfall.
                    Cutting Phys Ed in Portland elementary and middle schools
                    would save the district more than $6 million.
                     According to supporters of the program, including doctors
                    and many parents, the money saved by eliminating Phys Ed
                    would be wiped out by future health problems.
                    "The data is clear. The science is clear," said Dr. Minot
                    Cleveland. "Kids that are more fit do better academically,
                    they do better physically, so it doesn't have to be an either or.
                    We have to have both to work together."
                    "It's not just the learning of the skills and building of the
                    endurance and strength and the flexibility and the agility and
                    the balance and all those base level things that kids get from
                    PE," said Phys Ed instructor Sarah Spella, "but it's also the
                    social interaction."

                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: KGW
                    URL: http://www.kgw.com/home/Battle-brewing-over-
                    cutting-PE-at-Portland-schools-97441719.html
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                    The Oregon sports authority tonight is fighting to keep PE
                    classes in Portland public SCHOOLS. It's now working with
                    a coalition that started an ad campaign opposing all of the
                    proposed cuts to the budget that would basically eliminate
                    PHYSICALEDUCATION teaching PO positions. The
                    coalition says when students have p. they do better in
                    SCHOOL and also they miss fewer days because they're
                    healthier. If you cut the PHYSICAL EDUCATION teachers,
Insert image here   these kids are going to suffer. Their health is going to
                    deteriorate. Their SCHOOL performance is going to
                    deteriorate and we're going to have major problems. The
                    Portland SCHOOL board is meeting tomorrow night to hear
                    from the public also to vote on that budget. The meeting starts
                    at 6:30 at the blanchard education center

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                    Imagine SCHOOL without peportland public SCHOOLS face
                    a $19 million budget hole and PHYSICALEDUCATION
                    could become a casualty. Tonight plenty of people were
                    interested in what the SCHOOL board had to say about the
                    matter. The save PE coalition thinks now would be a good
                    time to use the district's $30 million reserve fund to fill the
                    multimillion dollar budget hole. A coalition of health and
                    sports groups hopes they have enough support to convince the
Insert image here   Portland SCHOOL district not to cut elementary and middle
                    SCHOOL PE classes. One of the options we will look at, do
                    we eliminate an entire program such as PHYSICAL
                    EDUCATION or do we cut at SCHOOL take those cuts at an
                    individual SCHOOL level and let the SCHOOLS sort them
                    out themselves? I think the community recognizes it's more
                    than just throwing out a ball. It's skill based.



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                    Campaign launched to keep PE in Portland SCHOOLS.
                    Interview: drew mahalic, Oregon sports authority




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                                Fight to Save P.E.

                    So I know that cutting that federal in our elementary middle
                    SCHOOLS is just wrong. But that's what could happen. And
                    the Portland public SCHOOLS are trying to trim millions of
                    dollars from their budget. It's our top story tonight at 11:00.
                    Good evening, I'm laural porter.
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                    Jaco disappeared in the river Friday afternoon near the
                    Stevenson boat ramp. If you see anything suspicious while on
                    the Columbia river, call the skamania county sheriff's office.
                    22 turning to our classrooms in crisis the Portland SCHOOL
                    board is meeting before a fired up audience tonight, trying to
Insert image here   figure out the best way to cut more than 19- million dollars
                    from its budget. The main targets for cuts are teaching
                    positions and PHYSICAL EDUCATION in the grades below
                    high SCHOOL. But many including doctors say cutting
                    PEclasses would only contribute to the growing obesity
                    problem among young people. The program called 'english as
                    a second language'may also be cut. Some high SCHOOL
                    teaching positions are also on the chopping block so class
                    sizes would become larger next SCHOOL year. We'll have
                    more on tonight's meeting on the 10 o'clock news over on
                    fox- 12. Chief meteorologist mark nelsen is here with your
                    first weather at eight, hi mark.



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                    People tonight say they don't want to see activities for kids
                    undergo the same fate. Tonight people got a chance to weigh
                    in with their opinions before anything happened. The
                    proposed cuts include chopping around 52 full-time teaching
                    jobs, which in the district's words who further reduce already
                    lean SCHOOL staffing. A facebook page has more than 500
                    fans and some of those supporters were here tonight. If the
                    board approves the cuts, they would eliminate PE in
                    elementary SCHOOLS and middle SCHOOLS. Tonight
                    people told us peteachers are essential. One suggested use
                    money from the SCHOOL'S reserve fund to keep from losing
                    a valued program. Our SCHOOLSwill suffer. They will miss
Insert image here   this wonderful caring individual who's been part of that
                    community for 10 years. Cover p. our kids need it.



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                                        Title here

                    How did the hearing turnout? Reporter: almost everybody
                    was there to support the program. One in four children is
                    obese and they say cutting PHYSICAL EDUCATION would
                    only make things worse. This one what the a had lot riding on
                    it. She turned out to support PHYSICAL EDUCATION. It is
                    not just the strength and the balance and all the things kids
                    get, but it is social interaction. Reporter: the superintendent
                    must trim the budget by more than $19 million. One calls for
Insert image here   cutting PHYSICAL EDUCATION in all
                    elementarySCHOOLS. I believe the current proposal to cut
                    62 PHYSICAL EDUCATION teachers will move Portland
                    public SCHOOLS in a direction from which this district will
                    never recover. Reporter: they are calling for administrators to
                    tap into the reserves, something kids done understand, nor do
                    they want to, they just want PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
                    Imagine going to SCHOOL and not having PHYSICAL
                    EDUCATION? No, it wouldn't be fun. Reporter: and most
                    importantly perhaps, it would not be healthy achieve concern
                    among a chief concern amg teachers who could soon loose
                    their jobs.


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                       P.E. supporters fight to
                        save school programs


                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: KGW
                    URL: http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-videos/PE-
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                                 Portland PE Teachers Speak Out




                    In an effort to reduce their budget by $19 million, the
                    Portland Oregon Public School Board is considering the
                    elimination of a significant portion of their physical education
                    programs.

Insert image here   Over 200 physical education teachers and supporters turned
                    out at the Portland School Board meeting to speak out against
                    the proposed slashing of PE programs, a proposal that would
                    place the responsibility of physical activity with regular
                    homeroom teachers throughout the day.

                    Physical education programs are not the only ones at risk:
                    music, art and other so-called elective programs face
                    significant cuts as well.




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: AAHPERD
                    URL:http://www.aahperd.org/about/announcements/portland
                    pe.cfm
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                           Portland-area Health Advocates
                              Rally to Prevent PE Cuts




                    One of Oregon’s great public health champions, Mary Lou
                    Hennrich, explains it like this: ―I hope you are aware of the
                    impending disaster should Portland School Board decide to
                    act on Superintendent Carole Smith’s proposal to cut ALL
                    Portland District elementary and middle school PE teachers
Insert image here   and with them all PE for about 30,000+ students.‖ Mary Lou
                    emphasizes that, while this travesty will apply across the
                    board, it will most powerfully affect those kids ―whose
                    parents don’t ...




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: CHP
                    URL:
                    http://www.communityhealthpriorities.org/conversa
                    tion/.../PE/
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                               Portland schools chief
                            recommends $19.4M in cuts



                    Superintendent Carole Smith proposes cutting 178 teaching
                    positions and 25 administrative jobs in a bid to cut $19.8
                    million from the district’s 2010-2011 school year.

                    The move, subject to approval by the Portland School Board,
Insert image here   is driven by a 9 percent across-the-board reduction in state
                    spending.
                    Smith’s plan does not reduce the number of school days. In an
                    announcement late Wednesday, Smith said trimming days
                    from the calendar does not address long-term revenue issues.
                    Some of the cuts:
                    $11.6 million to school staffing. The move would eliminate
                    the equivalent of 126 teaching positions in schools. Schools
                    would be required to make similar cuts to ensure equity and
                    consistent programming across the district. In one example,
                    schools could be required to cut physical education or library
                    staffing.




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: Portland Business Journal
                    URL:
                    http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/20
                    10/06/21/daily34.html?jst=pn_pn_lk
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                                Risks outweigh reward of PE cuts




                    Among the many difficult budget choices that Portland Public
                    Schools must make, we are left wondering whether cutting
                    physical education is truly the wisest move.

                    Confronted with a $19 million budget shortfall, the school
Insert image here   district is considering a number of austerity measures – and
                    the elimination of physical education at the elementary and
                    middle school levels is just one among numerous painful
                    reductions being proposed.

                    However, when you weigh the obvious need to encourage
                    greater physical health among children against the savings
                    that would be produced, our view is that abandoning PE
                    would be shortsighted.




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: Portland Insight
                    URL:
                    http://www.portlandtribune.com/opinion/story.php?
                    story_id=127793343712804900
                          The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., John
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                         Canzano column: Canzano: Forget the
                        Trail Blazers for a moment and consider
                                    the importance of PE




                    July 03--I keep telling myself that the unpaid volunteers who
                    comprise the Portland Public Schools Board are sensible
                    people with solid vision and good ideas.

Insert image here   I figure they must care deeply about children, and our
                    community, and hope I'm right. Because they'll vote on July
                    19 on whether to eliminate physical education in elementary
                    and middle schools due to shortfalls in funding.

                    I write all the time about crisis with major sports teams. I call
                    for changes in the starting lineup. I rail against coaches and
                    management who have lost their way. I applaud great effort,
                    and skill, and point out how much sport can lift us like no
                    other leisure activity.




                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States
                    Media: DailyMe
                    URL: http://dailyme.com/story/2010070300003128/oregonian-
                    portland-ore-john-canzano-column-.html
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                                     In our view: P.E. Benefits




                    As schools, governments and private businesses face hard
                    decisions in difficult economic times, the inclination is to say,
                    ―Don’t cut this, cut something else.‖

                    This is understandable; it’s human nature. It’s simple to
Insert image here   demand, ―Don’t do this,‖ yet gut-wrenching to suggest, ―Do
                    this instead.‖ Righteous indignation is easy when you aren’t
                    the one having to make pragmatic decisions.

                    And while the answers are always complex, a recent proposal
                    by Portland Public Schools is particularly disturbing. As they
                    face the seemingly impossible dilemma presented by revenue
                    shortfalls, officials across the river are considering the
                    elimination of physical education programs.

                    In this, we are thankful that the financial problems facing
                    local school districts have not plunged to that depth. In this,
                    we are grateful that — as so often happens — Washington
                    has had a little more foresight than Oregon.


                    Geography: North America
                    Territory: United States Media
                    Media: The Columbian
                    URL:
                    http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/jul/04/pe-
                    benefits/