California schools shortchanging students on physical education can expect lawsuits

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A California appellate court ruled on Tuesday that schools must strictly adhere to the state’s physical education requirements, or be subject to lawsuits from parents.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit that was dismissed in a lower court, in which a judge ruled that physical education rules were advisory, not mandatory. The lawsuit was filed by parents in the San Francisco area demanding the district provide the required physical education hours to their child.

Elementary schools are required by the state education code to provide 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days, and middle schools and high schools must double that amount.

A survey taken a few years ago showed that more than half of the state’s public schools failed to provide the require physical education.

Associated Press

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