By: Nicolas Nightingale
In late March, Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed a bill (SB 966) that would require schools to have at least 150 minutes of physical education instruction per week for elementary and middle school students. The governor called the bill “an unfunded mandate” and claimed it would cost millions of dollars to carry out, in addition to take away time from other subjects.
Much debate sparked from the governor’s decision. With childhood obesity on the rise everyday, many feel that vetoing a bill like this will only increase the unhealthy eating habits and poor exercise regimens in children.