The Sept. 6 Metro article “Most D.C. schools ignore PE standards” demonstrated how public officials’ good intentions are useless without follow-up measures in place. It is amazing that school districts in Maryland and Virginia can offer physical education classes with less funding per student than most D.C. schools. How do D.C. officials expect students to excel if they are physically unfit to focus in the classroom?

This article should serve as notice to leaders — including teachers union and city officials — that if adjustments are not implemented, childhood obesity will continue to rise, putting a greater strain on the District’s health-care system as those children become adults.

Greg Raleigh, Washington