The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education (HPE) as part of a student’s well-rounded education, giving every HPE teacher an opportunity to elevate their program and gain support from their school and local community. ESSA requires broad stakeholder engagement in order to implement comprehensive and effective state and school district plans. Key contacts and stakeholder groups from your state are listed below. 

Key Contacts
Arkansas AHPERD - state association for HPE
Audra Walters, Dept of Ed PE Specialist, 501-683-3604
Kathleen Courtney, Dept of Ed HPE Specialist, 501-683-3604
Leesa FreasierDept of Health PA Specialist, 501-280-4915

Arkansas Department of Education 
ESSA Information 
Arkansas Department of Education 
Department of Education, Health & Physical Education  

Education Stakeholders
Chief State School Officer
Arkansas PTA
Arkansas Educational Administrators
Arkansas ASCD
Governor Asa Hutchinson

UPDATED 5/09/2017
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