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Bid to Ban Dodgeball Rejected by Louisiana Education Board

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Remember a couple of weeks ago when new physical education standards were adopted for Louisiana schools and dodgeball was to be scrapped from P.E. classes?

Well, scratch that.

The plan was to ban dodgeball and other “target games” from public schools. However, members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rejected the ban proposal on Tuesday.

Holly Boffy, board vice president, said that education leaders should be careful they don’t create regulations that discourage students from enjoying physical education.

The new standards will still require public school students to take 30 minutes of physical education a day. A BESE committee simply voted these benchmarks be revised to get rid of the dodgeball prohibition.

Why the ban proposal in the first place? Kathy Hill, a member of the standards committee, said the ban on human targeting games was an attempt to be sensitive about bullying.

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