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Florida parents aren't playing in their demand for recess



Thousands of parents will be keenly awaiting the outcome of the Florida House K-12 Subcommittee's meeting Tuesday, where the panel will take up a measure that would mandate 20 minutes of daily recess in elementary schools. That would come beyond their already required daily physical education instruction.

Frustrated by their own schools' lack of action on providing free time, groups have coalesced to push the issue through state law. Some school boards including Pinellas have looked into local recess rules, but have come up short in many parents' minds.

One of the key concerns harbored by local leaders has centered on how to fit more requirements into an unchanged school time frame — a cost that hasn't gone unnoticed by House legislative analysts. They have written: "The districts may incur additional costs associated with the 20 minutes of free-play recess replacing current instructional time."

Social media has buzzed with the self-named "recess moms" who assert "#recessmatters." They're excited at the prospect of the bill moving, and concerned that Senate leaders don't seem enthusiastic about even hearing their companion version, which has not been scheduled for discussion.

If you want to follow the debate, watch at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the Florida Channel.

[Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2016 2:12pm]


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