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Crist signs P.E. bill, but who will teach?

Left to Right: Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School sixth graders Melissa Sabo, 11, and Kelly Thomas, 12, both of St. Petersburg, have their end of school T-shirts autographed Monday by Gov. Charlie Crist. "When I was in school in St. Petersburg we had PE everyday," said Crist. (Times photo | Scott Keeler)

Gov. Charlie Crist just stopped at a St. Petersburg middle school to sign into law the bill (SB610) expanding Florida's year-old elementary school P.E. requirement to public middle schools - an issue very important to the state's top elected exercise devotee.

But the Buzz wonders who will be qualified to teach all those pre-teens about crunches and push-ups and clean eating. See, universities are making their decisions on where to trim expenses, and the degree programs that train future P.E. teachers are already a big target.

FIU is planning to cut its bachelor's and master's programs in exercise science in the college of education. UF is cutting the bachelor's degree program in physical education. And FAU plans to cut back the scope of its education college's exercise science program.

Is this what critics might call an unfunded mandate?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:20am]


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