physical education http://kut.org en More than 30,000 Austin Students Are Trying to Log a Marathon's Worth of Runs http://kut.org/post/more-30000-austin-students-are-trying-log-marathons-worth-runs <p></p><p>Thousands of elementary students in Central Texas have started a five-month mission to run a marathon &ndash; although not all at once.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of the annual program <a href="http://www.marathonkids.org/">Marathon Kids</a>. Over the weekend, students gathered on the University of Texas campus to log the first of many laps between now and February.</p><p>When Marathon Kids started more than 15 years ago, 2,000 Austin students joined. This year, more than 30,000&nbsp;Austin ISD students are participating, not including students from nearby districts and private schools. Kids keep track of their runs until they add up to an entire marathon.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114254474" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:54:12 +0000 Kate McGee & Kate McGee 8880 at http://kut.org More than 30,000 Austin Students Are Trying to Log a Marathon's Worth of Runs Are Austin Teachers Punishing Students by Denying Them Time to Exercise? http://kut.org/post/are-austin-teachers-punishing-students-denying-them-time-exercise <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111399315" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>An Austin school board member is concerned students aren’t meeting state mandated physical education requirements.</p><p>In Texas, elementary students must get 135 minutes of physical education per week. But students only have gym class once or twice a week – which means teachers must ensure students make up the rest of that mandated time outside of gym class.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8734 at http://kut.org Are Austin Teachers Punishing Students by Denying Them Time to Exercise?