Friday, June 20, 2008

Most Schools Fall Short of Minimum Physical Exercise Requirements

“Like many city schools, PS 54 has no gymnasium or physical education teacher. The state suggests gym class three times per week, but a recent survey of 93 schools by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum found 88% failed to meet the two-hour-a-week requirement. The city Education Department, which created an office to promote physical education in 2003, noted it has reduced the number of elementary schools without a gym teacher from 90 in the 2006-07 school year to 68 this year - still about 10%. But while the phys ed programs have increased, schools still fall short of time mandates, and the city does not necessarily create new gym space for overpopulated schools such as PS 54.”

No comments: