Bill adds athletic clubs to gym waiver list

Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS -- An Ohio bill would let school boards decide what athletic club activities would excuse high school students from physical education requirements.

Current law gives districts and chartered, nonpublic schools the authority to excuse students who participate in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons, or Junior ROTC for two full school years.

The measure would add participation in a school-sponsored athletic club to the list of waivers.

The House passed the bill on an 82-9 vote Wednesday.

It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The bill sponsors say high school students participate in various kinds of activities that require a commitment to physical activity, yet they do not meet the current guidelines to exempt them from physical education requirements.

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