Sound off on high school P.E. requirements

Should physical education be a graduation requirement for Idaho high school students”

You can tell the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education what you think at a public hearing at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Lewis Clark Conference Room of the State Department of Education, 650 West State Street in Boise.

Here’s a little background:

State Schools chief Tom Luna is behind a plan backed by the American Heart Association and Idaho Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance that would require two credits of physical education to get a diploma.

Meridian and Boise school districts already have that requirement.

Requiring physical education is meant to combat obesity, which affects 41 percent of the nation’s adults.

Luna’s proposal originally failed when the State Board of Education voted against it in August. Board members said local districts should set their own physical education requirements. Some worried it would take resources away from smaller district.

Board members reversed themselves, saying they wanted to hear what the public had to say. They gave conditional approval to Luna’s proposal, which allowed him to hold public hearings on the P.E. requirements.

In November, the State Board of Education meets again and is expected to take a final vote on the fate of P.E.  and graduation. It could vote against the proposal.

If you can’t make the hearing, you can tell the ed board what you think by sending them your comment.

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