Unanimous 3-0 California Court of Appeal Mandates Schools to Shape Up :: The City Project Blog

Unanimous 3-0 California Court of Appeal Mandates Schools to Shape Up

Posted: December 8th, 2010

Half of CA School Districts Fail to Meet Minimum Physical Education Standards


Los Angeles, CA – In a ruling that may have lasting impact, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that public schools must provide physical education to comply with state law that requires at least 200 minutes every ten days, an average of 20 minutes per day in elementary school, not including lunch or recess. The amount rises to at least 40 minutes on average per day in middle and high school.


Of the nearly 1,000 school districts in the state of California, 188 were audited from 2004-2009 and exactly half were not enforcing physical education minutes requirements, according to public records obtained from the Department of Education by The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization that is working to enforce physical education laws throughout the state.


“Thankfully, the California Court of Appeal recognizes that law means law and that public schools must provide adequate physical education. The ruling will help students move more, stay healthy, and do their best in school and life as part of a quality education,” according to Robert García, Executive Director and Counsel of The City Project. He added, “The health of California’s next generation is at stake here. What could be more important?”

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