Florida lawmakers to take closer look at daily school recess requirement
A group of dedicated Florida parents have not given up their push to require daily recess in the public schools, despite the death of a measure promoting the idea in the Legislature last spring.
A new batch of lawmakers, notably without key opponent John Legg in the Senate, is taking a closer look at the idea.
They've tasked the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (better known by its acronym OPPAGA) with researching current district policies and procedures, as well as school leaders' views about whether and how to implement recess. They're asking for input from both elementary and middle schools.
The agency has asked for responses to its survey by Aug. 19, so it can begin putting together a report for lawmakers as they begin drafting bills for committee weeks. Bills drafts are due by late January.
Florida's "recess moms" remain ever hopeful. One of their leaders, Angela Browning, detailed her group's efforts in a recent blog post and encouraged others to support their movement:
"Contact your State Senator and State Representative to introduce yourself and to relay your expectation that he or she support our bill in the coming legislative session. We want our legislators to know that we aren't giving up on our kids' right to a short break each and every school day," she wrote. "We can't wait to cross the finish line next year! Thanks for advocating alongside us!"