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Parents, students to rally for phys ed in city schools

Parents and students will be rallying in front of City Hall at 5 p.m. Wednesday in support of physical education in Buffalo Public Schools.

The District Parent Coordinating Council for several years has been pushing the district to come into compliance with state standards on physical education, prompting the Board of Education to hire 35 phys-ed teachers for this school year.

But recent comments by Superintendent Kriner Cash questioning that investment in a district with many other needs has raised concerns among parents about whether the budget ax could fall on physical education again.

In addition to the 35 teachers hired for this year, the district still needs another 18 to come into full compliance with state standards, said Jessica Bauer Walker, health committee chair for the District Parent Coordinating Council.

“We are hopeful that Dr. Cash helps us move forward on a matter that so significantly impacts our children’s health and safety,” Bauer Walker said.