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Governor Signs Student PE Act
Tuesday, 28 April 2009

April 28--  Governor Sonny Perdue signed a new state law Tuesday requiring schools to administer an annual physical fitness assessment of their students enrolled in physical education courses.

Vidalia City School Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith applauded the legislature's concern for student health, but says it's too soon to know how the assessment system will work since many students no longer take physical education courses.

"At this point we're not sure how much impact this will have and I'm reasonably sure Atlanta doesn't know what kind of exam it will actually be when all of this comes together," he said.

Dr. Smith says not every child has physical education classes everyday, but he believes that at some point during their schooling an evaluation can be performed.  "If we're talking about pre-K through the 12th grade, we can get every student over a period of years, but like I say, not every child takes PE everyday anymore," he reports.  


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