DHS will send 30,906 educators to the United States this year to teach physically education, according to a draft memo sent to top federal officials on Wednesday.
The plan would be part of a plan to improve the physical education workforce in the United State and abroad, according the memo, which was sent by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to the Office of Management and Budget.
The department is working with other agencies to increase physical education and fitness training for teachers and support staff, the memo said.
It also said the department would provide support to states to improve physical education curricula, and that the department has been working to improve access to physical education equipment in schools.
It is unclear what the proposed changes would entail, but Chertozzaid that the move is part of the department’s broader effort to increase the number of teachers in the country.
The draft memo comes as more states are seeking to expand physical education options for their students.
Last month, North Carolina began allowing parents to opt out of classes, citing a lack of access to a physical education curriculum.
Last week, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that would require schools to offer physical education classes in public schools.
The law also mandates that schools use technology to teach the subject.