The Small Details- Jane Nelson's Health Kick for Students? Or Wallet Kick Payback to Software Vendor?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

The Small Details- Jane Nelson's Health Kick for Students? Or Wallet Kick Payback to Software Vendor?
 


13 June 2007 at 12:39:27 PM
salon

Thought this was interesting from Half Empty of Houston. He looked at SB530, authored by Jane Nelson of Flower Mound, and, while no one could complain about the benefits of exercise for kids, why is there an UNFUNDED tool required to measure the new fitness levels? And how convenient that one prominent vendor, whose software will probably be used, happens to be a big contributor to Nelson.

There it is, “having a tool to measure . . .”. The tool, in this case is a piece of software written by one Kenneth Cooper, a Dallas-based “exercise researcher” called Fitnessgram. The program is in use in Austin schools, and is likely to be the program of choice for middle and junior high schools statewide. Why? Jeff Kloster, who is the Health and Safety commissioner at the TEA says “it will probably be chosen because it is the most widely used in Texas and one of the most highly recognized fitness assessment tools nationwide.”

Nelson’s bill provides no funding to purchase a site license for the software at every middle and junior high school in the state. Another one of those “we mandate it you fund it bills” that the legislature likes to foist on already strapped school district budgets.

Reading some more about this, I see that Dr Kenneth Cooper actually WROTE the bill that Nelson sponsored. How convenient.

"We need a better understanding of why so many of our students are struggling with basic health," Nelson said in February when she announced the filing of the bill. "Our health is fundamental. That's a lesson our students need to learn."

The bill was written with the help of Cooper, who approached Nelson and Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, with the idea....

The wording in the bill that describes the required testing tool mirrors language on the Web site for Cooper's FitnessGram, developed in 1982 to measure health and fitness levels of children. Since then, it has been used to test more than 8 million students nationwide.


Permalink
     Views: 660 
Latest Blog Post by salon -Should Govt Be able to exercise pardons for horrible people (Matt Bevins-KY)

 You! Leave a Comment! You Know you Want To!
You must be a registered member to comment on the blog.
Your first post is held pending approval to make sure you're not a spammer bot

 Not registered? Or you can login!

LOGON - Name:Password:

New poster comments are moderated, meaning they won't show up until approved... or not.  Be patient-we have lives outside this blog, so it might take awhile You want to be rude? totally stupid? inappropriate? Racist? Bigoted? Flame war baiter? Your post may be deleted. Spammers or people posting pretend interest comments but really wanting to hawk their latest book or sell stuff or govt propaganda flacks won't see their posts published. Comments do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the site owner(salon).
If you have a problem with logging in or registering, please speak up right away. Love your comments. Oh, except spammers
More on commenting



     

Click Here for Main Page



Guest
Today Is  
Sunday, December 15, 2019






Latest Posts

County Attorney email implies the County Commissioners violated the Texas Open Meetings Act in closed session
pharper 12/15/2019 Views 48

Somervell County Clerk Michelle Reynolds office posted inaccurate minutes for County Commissioners November 18, 2019 meeting
pharper 12/14/2019 Views 208

Should Govt Be able to exercise pardons for horrible people (Matt Bevins-KY)
salon 12/13/2019 Views 39

How Specific Does TOMA Notice Need to be (City of Austin v Lake Austin Collective, Inc)
salon 12/13/2019 Views 44

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Send Articles of Impeachment to the Full House for a Vote
salon 12/13/2019 Views 162

Video re: Danny Chambers Drag Racing Around the Square In Youth (Glen Rose)
salon 12/11/2019 Views 95


More Blog Headlines
 



Comments

salon > Quick update on this, via Pacer-Click on pic to see larger (Turk Case Update- Telephone Conference Hearing Set for March 8 2019 )

salon > Lance Been awhile. Send me an email at salon@glenrose.net with the names of who you're talking about, above. Also, the newspaper editor is no longer local, ie officed here, but the paper is run.... (What Happened to Jerry Jacene? )

LanceHall > I'd love to see the Hotel Guest books and see if Jacene's name shows up long before he officially *found* the tracks.  I'd like to know if the Visitor's Bureau has emails wit.... (What Happened to Jerry Jacene? )

LanceHall > I see the land or that part of it is now in the hands of Glen Rose's own Corky Underwood. Is Jacene still involved?   I had already informed the Visitor Bureau manager (who's.... (What Happened to Jerry Jacene? )








Home | Blog Home | About | News | Piazza | Calendar | Audio/Video/Open Rec | Search
Write!  |profile | quotes |
top Daily | top Weekly |top Month | top Year | Top All! | archives | subscribe RSS