Elementary students in Florida district adjust to life without PE

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Six-year-old Sram Muhqueed liked it when Eisenhower Elementary had physical education classes every day last year. This year, he enjoys longer PE classes three days a week.

Actually, the first-grader can't quite pinpoint the difference between the two. This year, he can "run and play," while last year he "got to throw balls at people."

District officials pushed elementary schools in Pinellas County this year to condense the state-mandated 150 minutes of weekly PE into three days instead of five. More than 40 schools moved from 30 minutes of daily PE to 50-minute blocks three days a week. Just two schools who had a daily PE schedule kept it for the 2013-14 school year.

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