Almost the entire D.C. school district is ignoring its PE requirements. The Washington Post reports that very few schools in the District of Columbia meet the physical education standard required by the D.C. Healthy Schools Act. This act, passed in 2010, requires school to provide 150 minutes per week of physical education for grades K-5 and 225 minutes per week for grades 6-8.
“Most elementary schools offered between 45 and 90 minutes weekly of physical education,” the Post reports.
School administrators argue that the law puts schools in a difficult position. Middle schools facing the 225-minute requirement probably would have to add an additional PE teacher and make complex scheduling decisions that would eat into traditional classes, says Irene Holtzman, the executive director of FOCUS, the principal advocate for charter schools in the District.
Here is the portion of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act that covers physical education: [Read more…]