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01/18/2014 03:34 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

CPS Physical Education: District Proposes Adding Daily Gym Classes To Meet State Mandate

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After long failing to meet a state mandate for daily physical education offerings, the nation's third-largest school district has proposed changing that.

Under a plan its school board will formally consider on Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools is proposing to mandate physical education at both its elementary and high schools within the next three years, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The proposal calls for 30 minutes of daily gym class at elementary schools districtwide and an average of 42 minutes for high schools.

CPS has not required daily physical education of all its students for almost two decades, the Chicago Sun-Times notes, and it remains unclear how the cash-strapped district will implement the proposal. According to a Chicago Teachers Union analysis, 28 elementary schools in the district are lacking a gym teacher on staff.

WBEZ reported in August that CPS did not plan to apply for a new waiver to the state mandate when its current waiver expires this year.

The CTU previously had pushed for CPS to implement daily P.E. districtwide.

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