Missouri bill could give PE credit for sports, band

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Students involved in football, basketball and marching band could earn credit toward graduating from a Missouri high school.

That's the premise of legislation given first-round approval Wednesday by the state Senate.

The bill would let school districts award one unit of physical education credit to students who participate in at least three years of interscholastic sports or marching band.

The legislation also requires regional "professional development centers" to identify ways schools can save money.

Among the options are for two or more neighboring districts to share a superintendent, secretary, maintenance or janitorial services. Districts also could make group purchases for supplies or insurance.