Illinois bill would let choir members out of gym

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – A Downers Grove lawmaker wants to let students skip gym if they participate in show choir.

Local media reported the proposal adds choral groups to the list of activities warranting an exemption from physical education requirements.

The list already includes being a member of a varsity sports team, dance team or marching band.

The proposal is sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Sandack. He said show choir participants who sing and dance should get the same sort of exemptions as varsity football players and soccer players

State law lets upperclassmen who play a varsity sport opt out of gym class while they’re participating. Sandack also wants to expand the exemption to include underclassmen.

Similar legislation was introduced last year.

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The bill is HB4671.

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