Florida middle schools must squeeze gym classes into slim budgets

A new law requires Florida schools to provide physical education for the sixth, seventh and eighth grades but does not provide funding. While agreeing with the law's intent to increase physical activity by children, school officials say it will be difficult to implement. Because the mandate was not funded, classes will likely be large and other electives may be cut. A requirement is already in place for elementary- and high-school students.

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