GREEN BAY- Your children could have more mandatory physical activity at school.
Right now there's a bill in the state legislature that could change requirements.
Students at Edison Middle School in Green Bay are getting warmed up in gym class. And State Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) says doing more sit ups could better set up these students for success.
"The current mandates aren't working. Right now one in four kids are either obese or overweight and that number has actually doubled since 1990," said Weininger.
Currently, the state of Wisconsin requires public schools to have physical education courses in elementary and middle school. It doesn't say how often, or how many minutes.
Right now the Green Bay Area School District says elementary students have 30 minutes of gym twice a week.
Weininger's proposal would increase physical activity to 30 minutes each day.
Middle school students in Green Bay would go from roughly 45 minutes two to three times a week, to 45 minutes every day.
Some say it might be difficult balancing hitting a ball, and hitting the books.
"When you look at the core minutes of instruction during the day that is required for students it becomes a balancing act. Where do you take the minutes away from in order to provide for physical education," said Mark Smith, the assistant superintendent for the Green Bay Area Public School District.
Mark Smith with Green Bay Public Schools says he agrees children need to be more active.
But he thinks the plan could be more flexible, adding more active learning to every day classroom lessons.
"Physical activity provides the flexibility for a building to integrate those within the entire school day. If you're looking at physical education, that's tied to licensed professionals. Then it would also impact the budget at the elementary level," said Smith.
Weininger told FOX 11 he wants to meet with area educators before getting this physical fitness bill rolling any further in the legislature.
The bill won't regulate high school phy ed classes.
Representative Weininger says he has not set up those meetings yet with educators.
But, he hopes to introduce the bill by the end of this year's session.
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