Oregon Lawmakers Consider Bill To Delay, Relax Physical Education Requirements
Oregon schools might get a break when it comes to providing physical education classes. Ten years ago, state lawmakers approved a bill mandating how much PE time children in grades K-8 must get each week.
That requirement is scheduled to kick in this fall.
But the Oregon Department of Education said most districts aren't anywhere near meeting the standards. A measure now under consideration would give districts five more years to catch up.
Senate President Peter Courtney is a strong advocate for physical education in schools. He told the Senate Education Committee Tuesday that he's not convinced of the need to give districts more time.