Proposed Bills Could Add More PE Classes

Liz Loukas doesn't worry about her daughters' physical fitness.

"My kids are very, very active. I have to beg them to come in, even when it's dark or cold outside," Loukas said, as she watched her oldest daughter at tennis practice. "They are very active."

State lawmakers could soon increase physical activity in middle schools. A new series of bills would add another two semesters of physical education courses to the curriculum. But this could affect other classes.

"That could eliminate some of the classes or the availability of high school credit classes for eight graders," said Curtis Crump, Bonham Middle School Principal.

Loukas says her ninth grader benefited greatly from taking health credits in middle school and worries her younger daughter may not have the same opportunity.

"When she gets to Amarillo High, she's just going to have a bigger load," she said.

The proposed legislation comes after a new study showed students who were physically fit, were more likely to perform better in state achievement tests.

"If that legislation does come about we will have to find a balance," Crump said. "And hopefully help those students to be both successful on state mandated tests and healthy."

But for loukas, the current system is the perfect balance.

"I say leave it as it is," she said.