California governor wants to suspend physical fitness tests, citing gender identity discrimination

by Daniel Payne · Feb 6th, 2020 3:27 pm

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a proposal to suspend physical fitness tests in government schools in his state, citing concerns that the tests promote bullying and discrimination against gender identity.

The proposal would halt the exams for three years, during which time state officials would meet with experts in fitness, gender identity, and disabled students. Parents were reportedly upset that the tests allegedly discriminated against students with disabilities and only offered a binary male-female Body Mass Index screening that did not account for students who identify as neither boys nor girls.

The state has mandated fitness tests in schools since 1996. A spokesman for Newsom's Department of Finance said the state would use the suspension to determine "whether the current test can be modified or whether a new assessment should be developed."