Lawmakers in Florida are poised to consider a proposal that would eliminate a mandate that students take a minimum amount of physical-education courses in middle school. Just 39% of middle-school students in Pasco County, Fla., attended PE classes during the 2010-11 school year, with many parents signing a waiver allowing their children to opt for academic, remedial or other elective courses instead. Supporters of the PE requirement say the courses offer benefits for student health as well as academics.

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