The House just passed HB719 by a vote of 70 – 20. Sponsored by Rep. Ken Guin, this bill makes physical education mandatory for students enrolled in grades K – 8.
Currently, students may be allowed to substitute other courses such as music and band for physical education. This bill removes that option.
Concerns were raised in the House that physical education classes tend to be oversized, and this legislation would only add to that problem; however, no action was taken to address that issue.
HB719 now moves to the Senate for approval.