An editorial appeared in the Boston Globe that makes a compelling argument that schools should ensure a steady diet of physical education classes to help combat the skyrocketing incidence of childhood obesity. Anticipating concerns that more time in gym class means less time in academics, the Globe writes:

Some parents worry that forcing kids to take gym would take too much class time away from academic subjects. But that’s an argument for extending the school day, not chipping away at important enrichment programs like physical education - or, for that matter, music and art... 

Every year since 2002, the Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation, one of the largest and most active education funders in the country, awards a prize to the urban district (among the country's 75 largest) that has the best record of narrowing achievement gaps and raising student achievement across the board. This year, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina was the winner.