Portland, Oregon schools let students skip required phys ed classes, if they earn credits from a private company called Quest Schools.
To sign up, students pay $150 for the year and agree to spend 130 hours engaging in physical activities. Quest says it keeps a close eye on students by requiring them to log their time and seek signatures on their logs from parents and coaches. But some teachers and students say thatâ€™s a farce. â€œItâ€™s a major scam,â€ says Mark Paul, a 29-year veteran P.E. teacher at Lincoln High School. â€œTheyâ€™re buying their credits.â€
The schools don’t have to hire as many phys ed teachers, which saves money.