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Should H.S. Show Choir Students Be Able to Opt Out of Gym?

Students on school athletic teams and in marching bands are currently, under state law, allowed an exemption from physical education courses, according to the Daily Herald.

State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, has drafted a proposal that if passed would allow Illinois high school students in show choir to opt out of physical education or gym classes, according to the Daily Herald. 

The proposed bill would authorize a school board to allow students enrolled in 9th through 12th grades — and also participating in a show choir program for credit — not to participating in physical education classes, according to Sandack's website. 

Students on school athletic teams and in marching bands are currently, under state law, allowed an exemption from physical education courses, according to the Daily Herald. 

Sandack's proposed bill also aims to allow students in 9th through 12th grades to opt out of physical education courses in exchange for participation in an interscholastic athletic program or to enroll in certain academic classes, according to Sandack's website. Currently, only 11th and 12th grade students are allowed to opt out of physical education course for that purpose. 

What do you think: Should show choir students be able to opt out of physical education courses? Let us know in the comments section. 

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