More than half of Illinois’ schools require students to take physical education training.
Illinois Public Schools Superintendent John F. Rauner said that many of the schools are in rural areas and that many parents choose to not take their children to the gym.
In addition, Rauners office said that most schools do not provide the required physical education classes.
According to Rauns office, there are more than 8,500 physical education teachers across the state and more than 6,600 are needed in each school district.
The number of physical education instructors has grown to over 3,400.
Rauners administration said that the increase in physical education instruction is due to the growth of the digital space and that teachers need to be on the job 24 hours a day.
According the Illinois Department of Education, physical education is a fundamental aspect of the education of students and is one of the core elements of physical health.
Rauls office said physical education has been part of the curriculum at more than 400 schools across the county.
The majority of schools are located in the cities of Chicago, Urbana, Carbondale, and Joliet.
The Illinois Department for Public Instruction (IPED) said that it will soon begin requiring physical education students to undergo training.
The training will include basic fitness classes, physical activity classes, and more.
Rulings have not been issued on the proposed rulemaking but are expected to be issued shortly.