The Virginia Senate has approved legislation that would require public elementary and middle schools to offer physical-education classes in an effort to fight childhood obesity.
The Senate voted 38-2 Tuesday to accept the House version of Sen. Ralph Northam's bill. It would require students from kindergarten through eighth grades to get an average of at least 150 minutes of physical education per week, or an average of a half-hour a day. Half-day kindergarten programs would be exempt from the requirement. The legislation would take effect in the 2014-15 school year.
State school boards and superintendent groups strongly opposed the bill, saying that such additional mandates would be burdensome on their districts.