Wednesday, April 09, 2008

New bill extends P.E. requirement to middle schools | WINK News - Southwest Florida | Eye on Education

By The Associated Press

Story Updated: Apr 4, 2008 at 5:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers thought they'd reintroduced physical education to the state's public schools a year ago.

They have since learned that many elementary schools are not fully complying with the new mandatory physical education requirements.

The Legislature passed a law a year ago calling for 150 minutes of P.E. weekly for elementary school students.

But state Senator Lee Constantine who sponsored the legislation says some schools are "fudging on the rules."

Constantine is now sponsoring a new bill (SB 0610) designed to squeeze out that "fudge factor" and extend a P.E. requirement to the middle schools. That bill sailed through a Senate committee this week without anyone opposing it. A similar proposal is working its way through the House.


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