Bill to require K-5 students to participate in PE class

Friday, March 20, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 12

NASHVILLE (AP) - Students in kindergarten to fifth grade would have to participate in a physical education class at least twice a week under legislation advancing in the House.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Roger Kane of Knoxville was approved on a voice vote in a House education subcommittee on Wednesday.

Currently, school districts must integrate a minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity per week into the school day for elementary and secondary school students. Kane's proposal would be in addition to that.

Opponents of the measure question if there would be enough resources and time for the additional program.

The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee.