With the looming shutdown of the federal government coming, I thought I would take some of the next few postings and look at the number 36 (my random number of choice) in the world of politics.
In the current Congressional session, the 112th, there have already been a number of bills introduced, so let’s take a look at the one that bares the number I have been tracking on this blog
One of those, is House Bill 36, a bill designed to, in the words of the legislation itself, …amend title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to raise awareness of eating disorders and to create educational programs concerning the same, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Illinois Republican Judy Biggert, this bill would acheive its aim to raise awareness about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (just to name a few) by adding…
Programs to improve the identification of students with eating disorders, increase awareness of such disorders among parents and students, and train educators (such as teachers, school nurses, school social workers, coaches, school counselors, and administrators) on effective eating disorder prevention and assistance methods
In addition, Section 5 of this legislation would ask that…
The Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the National Institutes of Health, shall carry out a program to develop, distribute, and promote the broadcasting of public service announcements to improve public awareness, and to promote the identification and prevention of eating disorders.
And finally, because no government program worth its funding doesn’t kick out a report, Biggert’s bill would ask that…
Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Center for Health Statistics shall conduct a study on the impact eating disorders have on educational advancement and achievement. The study shall–
(1) determine the prevalence of eating disorders among students and the morbidity and mortality rates associated with eating disorders;
(2) evaluate the extent to which students with eating disorders are more likely to miss school, have delayed rates of development, or have reduced cognitive skills;
(3) report on current State and local programs to educate youth about the dangers of eating disorders, as well as evaluate the value of such programs; and
(4) make recommendations on measures that could be undertaken by the Congress, the Secretary of Education, States, and local educational agencies to strengthen eating disorder prevention and awareness programs
At the present time, this bill sits in referral in two House committees, the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Additionally, it was also referred to the Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.
Updates to follow…I’m sure