Illinois Bill Would Let Choir Members Out Of Gym

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A suburban Chicago lawmaker wants to let students skip gym if they participate in show choir.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the proposal adds choral groups to the list of activities warranting an exemption from physical education requirements.

The list already includes being a member of a varsity sports team, dance team or marching band.

The proposal is sponsored by Downers Grove Republican Rep. Ron Sandack. He says show choir participants who sing and dance should get the same sort of exemptions as varsity football players and soccer players

State law lets upperclassmen who play a varsity sport opt out of gym class while they're participating. Sandack also wants to expand the exemption to include underclassmen.

Similar legislation was introduced last year.

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