Illinois governor expands gym class exemption to disabled students

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Students with disabilities who play organized sports outside of school will be able to skip gym class under a new state law.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Sunday expanding the physical education class waiver in a ceremony at a sports center in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood.

State law already allows local school boards to grant exemptions from physical education classes to juniors and seniors who are in team sports or the marching band, need other credits to graduate, or want to take certain academic courses to get into top universities.

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