School recess bill gets initial OK in Florida House
Elementary schoolchildren across Florida would have 20 minutes every school day to run around outside and play, under a parent-driven proposal that advanced out of its first state House committee on Tuesday.
Nearly three dozen parents and education advocates testified in favor of HB 833, which would require schools to provide daily recess, in addition to the required physical education instruction.
After an hour of testimony -- and no voiced opposition -- the House K-12 Subcommittee voted unanimously to move along the proposal sponsored by Reps. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, and Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs.
Lawmakers and parents cited numerous benefits associated with unrestricted free time for children -- including the ability for students to be creative, learn social skills and get a reprieve from a packed schedule of lessons.