California schools accused of routinely ignoring P.E. law
School districts throughout California have been routinely ignoring the state's law that asks schools to provide students with required physical exercise, an attorney for parent plaintiffs alleged.
In October last year, Marc Babin, a parent, and his organization Cal200 that that advocates for physical education in elementary schools filed a lawsuit against 37 school districts of the state, accusing them of not providing students with required physical education (P. E.).
Driscoll said that California's largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District, had been a particular offender.
Making the allegations, Driscoll said, "School districts have been routinely ignoring the law. And the Los Angeles Unified School District has been a particular offender. They give lip service to the idea that P. E. is important. That just plain doesn't work."
The attorney stressed that lack of physical education in elementary schools meant that kids did not get enough physical exercise.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the Palm Springs Unified and other school districts have asked their teachers to prove that they are meeting physical education requirements laid by the state.
California's Education Code requires schools to offer kindergarten through sixth-grade students at least 200 minutes of physical education instruction for every ten days of class, in addition to lunch and recess.
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