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Gym Bill could change school curriculum Submitted: 01/31/2014

Karolina Buczek
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kbuczek@wjfw.com

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EAGLE RIVER - Elementary school kids could spend more time in gym class if state legislators
get their way.

The gym bill would require all Wisconsin elementary school kids to get half an
hour of physical education every day.

Some teachers and doctors believe this will prevent obesity.

But some argue it would hold kids back from learning other skills.

"Our teachers do an excellent job at teaching life skills. Cross country
skiing, they do skating, golfing, snowshoeing. If we had to do it five days a
week for 30 minutes, we wouldn't have time to teach those things anymore," said
Eagle River Principal Tony Duffek.

Students at Eagle River Elementary school have 45 minutes of gym class three
times a week.

They also have recess every day.

Administrators believe it's more important for students to learn math and
science during that time.

They also say it's up to parents to make sure their kids have physical activity.

"At some point, the responsibility has to be within the homes and with the
parents. And looking at what kind of physical activity can these students get
on the weekend," said District Administrator Mike Ritchie.

Eagle River Elementary students can also participate in physical activity
programs before school starts.





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