Education has always been a top priority for Elizabeth. From more parent student participation in the budget process, to assisting in the creation of more seats and a new high school Elizabeth knows that children are our future. That is why she also has focused on their health by making sure that we know how frequently our children are getting physical education which is key in prevention of heart disease and obesity.
YOU DECIDE: EDUCATION ENGAGEMENT BUDGET
In a pilot program, the first of its kind in New York City, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley allocated $2.2 million in capital funding to improve 21 local schools. Each school in District 30 not only received $100,000 in capital upgrades but also the chance to vote on how the money was spent. The overwhelming response will fund varying projects from new smartboards, technology upgrades, auditorium repairs, playground equipment and more.
During her time in office, the Council Member has worked to create more than 5400 new seats for local students in City Council District 30, contributing to the creation of new schools, such as Maspeth High School
as well as expanding severely overcrowded elementary and middle schools.
Physical education had faded out of many New York City schools over the years, despite state-mandated requirements. Comprehensive, quality physical education is proved to prevent childhood obesity, increase focus and retention, instill good habits for healthy living and more.
Taking action, Council Member Crowley introduced legislation
to increase transparency within the Department of Education (DOE) in regards to how much physical education students are receiving and whether the school has retained a full-time, certified instructor. This bill was signed into law in November 2015.
“Lifestyle habits are developed at a young age. As a public school parent and lawmaker, I was disturbed to learn the DOE has been failing to provide our students with the minimum physical education requirements,” Crowley said. “The consequences are evident, as nearly 30 percent of New York City students are entering high school either obese or overweight.”