Bill proposed for extra P.E. classes

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A state lawmaker is trying to ensure marching band, cheerleading and ROTC count as physical education classes.

The issue came up last year when PED told school districts state law didn’t allow those kind of activities to count toward the P.E. credit. That left students suddenly short of credits they needed to graduate.

PED has since issued a waiver while the issue is sorted out.

Rio Rancho Republican Craig Brandt has introduced a bill to clear up the problem.

“Not every kid wants to climb a rope and ring a bell,” said Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho. “You know, for other kids, they’re more interested in band, they’re more interested in ROTC which has a ton of activity in it.”

Brandt’s bill would allow school districts to have more control over what kind of P.E. classes they offer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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