The MN House Education Policy Committee had a hearing on the bill that would require swimming lessons to be offered to students in Kindergarten through 12th grades.
If this bill passes, Minnesota would be the first state in the nation to require schools to offer swimming lessons.
It comes after two recent drowning incidents, one in Fargo and one at St. Louis Park Middle School in the Twin Cities.
The Duluth YMCA has more than 200 kids in their swim classes.
Instructors reinforce the importance of kids learning how to swim.
On average there are about 10 deaths per day from drowning and about 20 percent of that are kids under the age of 14, according to the YMCA. It is very important for kids to learn how to swim.
The bill has been spearheaded by Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL) D-62, and Representative Karen Clark (DFL) and is supported by the nonprofit Minnesota Swims. Read the full article.