So much for promoting health and fitness in Virginia.
This bill passed with a sizeable mandate in the State Senate but does not have enough margin in the House of Delegates to override a veto.
Personally, I am strongly disappointed. The “unfunded mandate” rationale by the Governor is total bunk. Do we not already have gyms and playgrounds? And where was this objection when the banking lobby was pushing the financial literacy requirement?
Is the health of our children less important than their ability to figure an APR?
I am especially disappointed in the Educational Establishment that worked to undercut this bill every step of the way, even after it was delayed to not take effect until 2015. As a result, our children will continue to get short-changed.
In the same way our children suffer from physical inertia, the current leadership in the public school system suffers from an intellectual inertia which says “no” to new ideas, whether it’s moderating disciplinary policies or encouraging more physical activity.
In this day and age, it takes someone who has experience in the public schools — as a student and parent — to take on the Establishment and make changes.
Today the Governor showed he’s not that person.