Parents Demand Buffalo Schools Follow State Mandates for Physical Education

October 10, 2013 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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October 10, 2013 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - As it continues to fail to meet state guidelines for physical education, the Buffalo School Board heard from concerned and frustrated parents demanding action.

"We keep hearing, give us time. We haven't even seen a plan. We haven't even gotten anything in writing. What are you going to do to protect our children?" asked Jessica Bauer Walker from the District Parent Coordinating Council.

The district is in compliance for grades 7-12, but not for students in K-6.

"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," said Dr. Pamela Brown, Buffalo Schools Superintendent.

The state requires 120 minutes of physical education weekly, but students in Buffalo in K-3 receive 90 minutes while 4-6 grade students get 80 minutes.

"We are not there yet... but we ask for your partnership and we ask for you to work with us to come up with suggestions as how we can address the challenges that lie before us," Brown said.

The district recently hired a health and wellness expert and said it is working on coming into compliance with state mandates.

Bauer Walker said parents are planning to file a legal complaint with the State Education Department.

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