New law allows disabled student-athletes to skip physical education classes

July 28, 2013 8:20:47 PM PDT
A new state law will allow students with disabilities who take part in sports to opt out of physical education classes.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Sunday at McFetridge Park. Student-athletes without disabilities already can be excused from physical education classes.

The impetus for the change came from Tyler Woodworth, a disabled hockey player who wanted to opt out of physical education classes in favor of other courses to better prepare for college.