Legislation to Require PE in All Va. Public Schools Advances

January 26, 2011

Legislation that would require Virginia's public schools to offer daily physical-education classes has advanced in the General Assembly.

The House Education Committee voted 13-4 Wednesday to send the measure to the House floor. The decision was good news for the bill's supporters, who had expected it to be referred to House Appropriations.

Del. John O'Bannon's bill would require school boards to offer 150 minutes of physical education a week in elementary and middle schools to help keep students active and combat childhood obesity and the costly health problems that stem from it.

School boards and superintendents oppose the bill, saying it would impose further mandates on overburdened districts.

The Senate approved the measure 37-2 Tuesday.

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