WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

McDonnell Vetoes Physical Education Legislation

Play associated audio

The legislation was an effort to curb childhood obesity and related health problems. But school boards and superintendent groups said the measure would require additional staff and facilities -- and would be too burdensome on many districts already facing budget pressure.

In a statement Thursday, McDonnell calls the measure an unfunded mandate that could cut into time for instruction in math, science, history and reading.

He says he agrees that exercise and physical activity are important. His wife -- first lady Maureen McDonnell -- has made exercise and preventive health care priorities. But the governor also argues that the problem of childhood obesity cannot be solved through legislation.

NPR

Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.
NPR

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
NPR

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.
NPR

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.