School Leaders Ask McDonnell to Veto PE Bill

Several groups representing school boards, superintendents and local governments are asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto a bill that would require public elementary and middle schools to offer 150 minutes of physical education a week.

The request was made Friday in a letter that said that the measure would impose an unfunded mandate on school divisions and local governments and require staffing and capital cost increases.

They say adding PE would take away time from classes such as art and music. The governor's office said McDonnell is reviewing the legislation.

The bill's sponsors and supporters, including doctors and other groups, said the legislation is needed to combat childhood obesity, which leads to diabetes, heart disease and other serious problems that burden the health care system. It would take effect in 2014-15.

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