Audit finds some NY schools not meeting mandated phys. ed. requirements

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CNYCentral

Sep 12, 2018

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - An audit of ten school districts in New York released Wednesday shows most of them are not meeting the mandated physical education requirements for younger students.

The audit released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows nine of the ten districts did not provide an adequate amount of PE to students in grades K-4. One of those schools was the Brockport Central School District. The other nine were Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Camden, Corning, East Ramapo, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free, Plattsburgh, South Colonie, and South Huntington Union Free Districts.

The Education Departments sets the following requirements for the following grades:

K-3: 120 minutes of PE in five classes per week 4-6: 120 minutes of PE in three classes per week 7-12: 90 minutes per week

All ten districts met the requirements for grades 9-12 and nine districts met the requirements for grades 6-8. Kenmore-Tonawanda was the only district to meet all requirements in all categories.

“As childhood obesity continues to plague our children, it’s more important than ever to get students moving and help them develop healthy lifestyle habits,” DiNapoli said.

Some districts said they did not have the time for more PE classes, did not have funding for PE staff or did not know about the requirements. Five districts did not file a plan that was approved by the State Education Department or their own school board. Brockport was one of those districts.