'Move to Improve' latest effort aimed at W.Va. students

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By Jeff Jenkins
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Last year it was ‘Feed to Achieve.’ This year the effort aimed at West Virginia schoolchildren is ‘Move to Improve.’

The state Senate is considering a bill that would require an additional physical activity for students in the state’s elementary, middle and high schools.

Representatives of the two teachers unions in West Virginia told a group of senators Friday they support the concept but don’t want an additional mandate on teachers.

West Virginia Federation of Teachers President Christine Campbell told committee members it’s important to allow the teachers to have the flexibility to get the proposed 30 minutes-a-day in.

“I think having opportunities to spread that out over the course of the day is going to give the teachers the opportunity to figure that out,” Campbell said.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said when he first heard of the idea he was worried about an additional mandate on teachers but he’s warmed to the idea after speaking with teachers. He said flexibility to meet the requirement would be the key.

“I have faith in teachers. I ask that you have the faith in teachers too,” Lee said.

The bill is expected to be taken up soon by the Senate Education Committee.