Many Ohio Schools Soon Will Let Some Kids Skip Gym

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

By next school year, most districts in Franklin County will let students bypass gym class if they play a sport or participate in marching band or cheerleading.

State law has allowed the option since 2006 so students can take tougher classes in place of physical education, but many school officials held off to see how it worked elsewhere. In the past year, however, at least four local districts have embraced the option as a convenience and a cost cutter.

“We think we’ll see a change in student demand, which will allow us to probably lessen our physical-education force by two positions,” said Jeffrey Weaver, superintendent of Upper Arlington schools.

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