Quincy Public Schools Falling Woefully Short of PE Mandates

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quincy Public Schools' physical education class requirements fall short of National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) guidelines, according to a recent University of Georgia study.

The NASPE recommendation suggests that elementary-level students get 150 minutes of physical education instruction per week and middle school and high school students get 225 minutes.

Most Quincy elementary school students participate in PE 80 or 90 minutes a week. Quincy High School requires daily PE in grades 9-12, but it allows drivers' education, sports and other non-physical education classes such as marching band to count.

Illinois and Missouri state PE mandates don't measure up either, said University of Georgia kinesiology professor Bryan McCullick, who conducted the study.

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