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Are Changes Coming Soon to High School P.E.?

by Julie H. on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Currently in Louisiana, students must have two units of P.E. to graduate from high school with a half unit being health education and 1 ½ being physical education. The only substitution for P.E. is JROTC. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is expected to vote on changing this. The proposed change will allow marching band, cheerleading, dance team and extracurricular sports to count as a half unit of P.E.

Although these activities may provide some physical activity, the American Heart Association feels like they have distinctly different goals than physical education and do not provide the content of a comprehensive, standards-based P.E. program. Thus, these activities should not be allowed to fulfill a P.E. requirement.

The proposal goes before BESE’s Academic Goals & Instructional Improvement Committee on Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30 A.M. If it passes out of committee, it will go to the full BESE board for a vote on Wednesday, January 16 at 9 A.M.

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