Breaking News: Missouri Senate passes new P.E. requirements

May 15, 2009
The Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 291 yesterday; changing the P.E. requirements for elementary school children in the State of Missouri. According to the language provided, “Beginning with school year 2010-2011, each school district shall ensure that: Physical education classes shall be required for students from kindergarten to fifth grade and shall include at least one hundred fifty minutes of movement each week, consistent with the recommendations of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education as approved by the American Heart Association.”

This is tremendous news for all who wish to keep kids physically active. Schools will have to dedicate at least three full class periods a week to physical education. The bill also includes provisions for health assessments, online resources, and rewards for districts that make firm commitments to health and fitness. Governor Jay Nixon still has to sign the bill into law, but Senate passage cleared a major hurdle. To read Senate Bill 291, please follow this link – http://www.senate.mo.gov/09info/pdf-bill/perf/SB291.pdf

The entire bill is 87 pages long, but the portion pertaining to P.E. requirements begins at the bottom of page 76 and continues to the middle of page 77. I will provide further updates as information becomes available. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!

-Sol
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