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DPS won't consider measure to remove physical education requirements

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DENVER - Denver Public Schools says it will no longer consider a measure that would eliminate physical education as a requirement for graduation.

Earlier on Wednesday, an agenda for Thursday's school board meeting featured a proposal that would make physical education an elective, and not a requirement.

However a new proposal that was added Wednesday afternoon keeps physical education as a graduation requirement.

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DPS backs off proposal to eliminate high school P.E. requirement

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By Ann Schimke, aschimke@chalkbeat.org, The Denver Post

Denver Public Schools is backing away from a proposal to eliminate a requirement that high school students take one year of physical education after fielding criticism from P.E. teachers, community groups and physical education advocates.

The proposal to cut mandatory P.E. was part of a larger package of high school graduation requirement changes that also included eliminating one year of arts-related or career and technical education classes.

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DPS backs off proposal to eliminate high school P.E. requirement

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By Ann Schimke, Denver Post
Chalkbeat Colorado

Denver Public Schools board to vote Thursday on larger package of graduation requirements

Denver Public Schools is backing away from a proposal to eliminate a requirement that high school students take one year of physical education after fielding criticism from P.E. teachers, community groups and physical education advocates.

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DPS shouldn't drop PE as a graduation requirement

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By Karen McNeil-Miller, The Denver Post
Guest Commentary

Denver Public Schools is considering no longer mandating physical education as a requirement for high school graduation. (Thinkstock)

In Colorado, where childhood obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, type 2 diabetes, asthma and joint problems are all on the rise, Denver Public Schools — our state's largest school district — is considering eliminating the requirement that all graduating high school students take the equivalent of one year of physical education.

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