Report: NYC schools not meeting phys ed standards

May 5, 2008 8:20:45 AM PDT
A new report says only a fraction of New York City's elementary and middle schools are meeting legal requirements in physical education. Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and City Comptroller William Thompson say it is "critically important" that P.E. classes be expanded to comply with state law.

Their study found that 80 percent of elementary and nearly 50 percent of middle schools have no sports or fitness program of any kind.

Students in kindergarten through third grade are supposed to have physical education daily. Those in the fourth through sixth grades are supposed to have P.E. three times a week.