Georgia lawmakers push annual fitness tests

ATLANTA (AP) - Students would soon have to complete an annual
physical fitness testing under a measure that cleared the Georgia
Legislature.

The Senate voted 34-14 Thursday to pass a measure that would
require each school system to conduct an annual fitness assessment program by the 2011-2012 school year.

The House adopted the measure in February, meaning it will be sent to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Supporters say the proposal promotes physical fitness and would
help the state identify - and reward - schools and systems that
have exceptional fitness assessments.

They overcame critics who worried such tests could stigmatize obese children.

They say they are concerned the proposal - which allows state
education officials to create the tests - could open the door to
body-mass index testing.


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