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State lawmaker proposes axing gym class requirement

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill to eliminate a requirement that the state’s 6th through 8th graders must take one semester of physical education each year, the Huffington Post reports. The proposal aims to allow localities to decide whether gym classes should be offered in their middle schools, and doesn’t necessarily discourage physical education, Republican state Rep. Larry Metz — the bill’s sponsor, wrote in an email to ABC News.

“Simply because an idea may have merit for some does not mean that we should use the power of government to mandate it for all,” Metz wrote to ABC. “Some physically fit and active middle school students might rather use that time in their school day to take another elective.”

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