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Bill would kill Florida's mandate for middle school P.E.



middle_school_pe.For the second year in a row, a Central Florida lawmaker has filed legislation to kill a middle school PE requirement that went into effect in 2009. Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, who filed the bill, HB 4057, told the Orlando Sentinel education blog, "If you're going to cut back the money you've got to cut back the mandates."

State law requires that middle school students take one semester of PE per year, but it has an opt-out clause that many parents have taken advantage of. So what's better: A PE mandate with a big loophole? No PE mandate at all? Or a PE mandate that's fully funded? (Image from

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 10:10am]


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