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Lawmakers Consider Tougher PE Requirements for Students

 
Lawmakers Consider Tougher PE Requirements for Students
Posted Thursday, March 20th 2014 @ 4am

A battle could be brewing in Lansing, over phys-ed classes.

Testimony began in a Michigan House Committee Wednesday on a proposal to toughen phys ed requirements for schools, which affects students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Specifically, the bill requires a minimum amount of time each week dedicated to phys ed. Current law mandates phys ed, but there's no specific requirement on the amount of time that should be dedicated to it.

Health experts told lawmakers that the requirement is key to improving the health of young people, and in reducing the number of obese young people. But some school officials are wary.

Bob Kefgen of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals says their members oppose the bill, adding that they believe the bill puts undue financial strain on schools, which could also affect their ability to offer other education related programs.

Photo Credit: TeachingTimes.com

 

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