Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PE's an Elective, State Board of Education Says Students Can Decide Not to Take the Class

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PE's an Elective, State Board of Education Says Students Can Decide Not to Take the Class

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ATLANTA -- The state Board of Education passed a measure yesterday allowing middle school students to choose whether they take physical education and health classes.

"We in no way want to diminish the value of physical education or any of the other exploratories," said Linda Schrenko, state school superintendenta. "We are really left with no choice other than to adopt this rule. Otherwise, we create an unfunded mandate for local systems."

Under the new rule, middle schools will have to offer physical education and health courses and students will be allowed to choose when and if they take them. If students choose not to attend the elective courses, teachers will still have to make sure those students learn the physical education and health standards mandated by the state's curriculum standards.

Two board members voted against approving the measure, which caused an emotional uproar among health and physical education teachers across Georgia. …

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