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Moms Complain About P.E. Mandate
The mission at schools across the mountains, is moving.
North Buncombe Middle is just one example of campuses meeting the mandates when it comes to P.E.
The county's healthful living coordinator Debbie Bryant says many parents endorse the effort.
"Especially with the obesity epidemic," Bryant says. "And the fact that research tells us active children are more successful academically. "
Bryant says for elementary schools, the state requirement for physical education is a half hour a school day, 150 minutes a week.
For middle schools, the number is 225 minutes a week. Which some say is too much of a good thing.
"We're not against P.E., I love P.E.," says mom Marielena Behm. Her son at Cane Creek Middle was a trumpet player. She says he'll now have to choose Spanish because of the mandatory P.E. time.
"He had to make a choice between high school credit and band," says Behm.
Veronica Katterman says next year, because of Phys. Ed., "Her daughter at Cane Creek will also have to drop band and take Spanish instead."
"I have no choice in my child's curriculum. The county has taken my control." Katterman complains.
Katterman thinks the county has gone over board, arguing that the P.E. hours aren't a state law, but a suggestion to the county.
But according to Buncombe officials, she and the other irate moms we spoke to are misinformed.
"The 225 minutes a week is something the state asked us to work towards," Bryant says. "That was in 2005, and so here we are in 2013 still working towards meeting that goal."