Commissioner Stephen L. Pruitt held a series of town hall meetings around the state
recently to address the Every Student Succeeds Act and the new accountability system, getting
input from educators and stakeholders in different areas of the state. Bradley’s KAHPERD
(Kentucky Association of Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) group
encouraged its members to register for the one closest to them, which happened to be London,
Kentucky. So Bradley registered about a month ago, to represent her professional KAHPERD
Last week, she received an email from the president of KAHPERD, Jamie Sparks, asking
her to be their spokesperson since she was the only representative from their organization
planning to attend. Bradley said she “nervously” agreed to be their speaker because of the
importance of what their group advocates.
“Our goal is to just have a voice regarding the importance of Health and Physical
Education and why that is an important part of the curriculum and how it really is part of the
whole child philosophy that the new every student succeeds act states."
She explained that Health and Physical Education falls under the opportunity and
access part of the accountability system. “We want to make sure that it ensures quality
programs and opportunities for our students - not just fluff, extra, or something to be taken
away, but something just as important as reading and math and how when students have
access and opportunities in the area of the arts and Physical Education that their academics will
improve not decline. Teaching the whole child includes many parts working together, not just
two or three."
These points were what Bradley discussed with the Commissioner. She said he was very
nice and personable. “I feel that he is very open and receptive.”
“The town halls are not something he has to do but something he wants to do to hear
from the people in the trenches. I believe this is one way we can have a voice and see some
changes to the current mind-set of many. Health and Physical Education are important and
need to be viewed as such, not just put on the back burner or no burner,” said Bradley.
Upon returning to school, Bradley was complimented by her fellow teachers and
principal for representing her profession so passionately. They expressed their pride in being
represented by her at the forum.
Lois Bradley discussing school physical education programs at the meeting