Friday, December 3, 2010

SFGate: Parents can sue if schools skimp on P.E.

This from SFGate:

Parents can take their children's public schools to court to force educators to provide the minimum amount of physical education required by state law, the California Court of Appeal ruled in Sacramento on Tuesday, which could spell trouble for a lot of state schools.

California's education code requires elementary schools to offer 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days, an amount that rises to 400 minutes in middle or high schools, not including lunch or recess. A small-scale survey of state schools a few years ago found more than half failed to provide the required minutes of physical activity.

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9 comments:

  1. There's a reason why they call it extracurricular activity. These parents probably leave their TV on all day and night while complaining that their kids don't get enough exercise in school. Children should be herded into exercise pens while they do rote memorization. That way they can blow off excess stress while they learn.

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  2. Creepy parent of the year award.

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  3. 8:40, Get a grip. He's only joking. I took it as wry commentary on the age of drill and kill.The idea that this litigious family wants more PE and is seemingly unconcerned about turning schools into learning factories.

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  4. I don't get it. What does drill and kill have to do with PE?

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  5. Why not lay off the insults and stick with the topic at hand?

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  6. Oh man, we have one of these at our school. An "activist" sending nasty notes (with misspellings) to the listserve threatening litigation over PE hours but sent in "peace". Yeah right, psycho.

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  7. If the law says they should do PE which the court has upheld,the school should respect the desire of the parent to comply. It is pretty mistaken to suggest that he is somehow wrong and the school is right from a legal standpoint. What do his misspellings have to do with anything other than to give you an opportunity to insult this person. Not everyone has received an equal education, but everyone has the equal right to expect the school to follow the law.

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  8. With increasing pressure for schools to raise their API, many are cutting or reducing programs like PE to make room for more test preparation and reading and math support classes. If we really want to fight obesity, abolishing NCLB would be far cheaper and more effective than congress’ plan to add a few cents per student to the free and reduced lunch program.

    See http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2010/12/schools-fail-to-provide-physical.html

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  9. P.E. is done at my school, but the PTA has to fund the credentialed P.E. instructor because we have no money to do so with the regular fund. Other schools get grants for P.E., but honestly, I don't know how P.E. is fit into the schedule. It's already jam packed as it is.

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