Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sports Saturday: NCLB For P.E.?

Buried in this article about changes in the physical education program of Philadelphia-area public schools, I found this little blurb about a proposed federal law that may have big ramifications throughout the country:
Another push comes from a new federal law that will require all districts taking federal money for free or reduced-price lunches to offer some sort of wellness program by September. And a bill in Congress would require that schools meet physical education benchmarks, just as they do for reading and math under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
I believe that the bill is intended to complement the newly enancted federal law that mandates that each district in the country must create a "Wellness Comittee" in order to generate a "wellness policy" for student health and fitness.
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