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Ala House backs bill mandating P.E. for K-8 students
By Lower chamber approves physical education bill
Montgomery, AL – - The Alabama House has passed a bill that
would make it harder for students in kindergarten through eighth
grade to get out of physical education classes.
The House voted 93-3 Thursday to approve a measure that would
require students in grades K-8 to take physical education with
exceptions allowed only for Junior ROTC and band.
Those students are already required by state law to take
physical education. But the sponsor, Democratic Rep. Ken Guin of
Carbon Hill, said students often are granted exceptions that allow
them to avoid physical education.
A similar bill passed the Legislature last year, but was vetoed
by Gov. Bob Riley.