Parents put the pressure on Buffalo Public Schools once again. This time, they've ignored the low test scores and transfer plans to actively look into the district's physical education requirements. Today, the District Parent Coordinating Council wants to file a formal legal appeal with the New York State Education Department asking for an overview of physical education requirements in the Buffalo Public Schools. Representatives from the D.P.C.C. will take a petition to the offices of Superintendent Pamela Brown and the District Counsel. After dealing their petition to the district, the D.P.C.C. will send it to State Education Commissioner John King.
Right now, the N.Y.S.E.D requires all school districts have students in grades K-12 participating in physical education classes at least 120-hours per week. Parents pieced together the petition after seeing what they consider an alarming look at the physical education requirements the Buffalo School District actually meets. Currently it provides students in grades K-3 at least 90-minutes of P.E. and students in grades 4-6 get just 80-minutes per week.
During the school board meeting at the beginning of this month, D.P.C.C. Executive Committee Member Jessica Bauer Walker demanded the district take action, but Dr. Pamela Brown says the school has progressively made strides to improve these requirements.
"I'm sure that you're well aware that we are certainly more in compliance this year than we were the previous year and certainly more that the district has been in the years prior to that," Superintendent Brown said.
Parents and health advocates will continue their push, saying they've urged the Superintendent and Board of Education to resolve this issue since the policy gained recognition back in April 2012.