Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Education Digest

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ILLINOIS SCHOOLS > Many schools cut back on physical education * Data released by the Illinois State Board of Education show many schools in the state have cut back on days of physical education on class schedules.

Nearly 1,200 Illinois schools have been trimming the number of physical education days, frequently saying they don't have facilities or staff to have the courses daily, which is required by a state law.

Of the roughly 3,100 schools that reported, slightly more than 60 percent said they had five days a week of physical education.

Not all districts reported in the manner asked by the state, while some didn't report.

State Board of Education spokeswoman Laine Evans said the agency doesn't have plans to sanction school districts regarding physical education. There's a focus from the State Board of Education on working with districts to gather information on physical education. …

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