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Court says parents can force schools to provide PE

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and#8212; A California appeals court says parents can force public schools to provide state-mandated physical education.

Elementary schools are required by the Education Code to offer 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days. The minutes double for middle and high schools.

The San Francisco Chronicle says Tuesday’s ruling in Sacramento could be troublesome for financially-strapped school districts, noting a survey years ago showed more than half failed to meet the state requirement.

Tuesday’s 3-0 state Court of Appeal ruling overturned a Sacramento trial judge’s decision in an east bay Albany school district case.

A parent sued the district to force it to offer the required physical education, but the judge ruled the state rule was advisory and not a requirement. The judge also ruled a parent had no standing to force enforcement of the law.

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