By Dan Telvock
If Buffalo Board of Education members want to pinpoint two reasons why almost half of city schools are failing they can look at the district's physical and health education programs.
The problem is they've been turning a blind eye.
The youngest students aren't getting enough exercise and about 45 percent of Buffalo's seventh graders are overweight, which does impact academic performance according to national studies.
So it shouldn't be a surprise that the school system isn't in compliance with state regulations for its physical and health education programs and hasn't been for at least a decade.
The state Department of Education requires a comprehensive health education program for all grades and daily physical education for the youngest students.
Most students in kindergarten through third grades are only getting physical education once every six days and there isn't a comprehensive health education program for all grades. The school system needs to hire 30 more physical education teachers to meet state regulations.
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