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Bill Making Recess Mandatory Stalls on Way to Senate, Supporters Still Hopeful

Bill Making Recess Mandatory Stalls on Way to Senate, Supporters Still Hopeful
JUPITER, Fla. - A bill making recess mandatory in Florida elementary schools is hitting a road block.

The state House approved the bill Thursday , but it might not make it past the Senate.

Chris Owen is full of energy and like a lot of second graders he loves recess.

"I like to play outside, exercise and have fun outside time with friends," he says.

But unlike a lot of second graders, Chris is taking his fight for recess to Tallahassee.

He wrote a letter and went to the capitol with his mom last week to tell lawmakers why every grade schooler needs recess.

"It is not fair for some kids to get recess and other kids don't," he says.

His mom, Sharon, is part of a statewide group called "Recess Moms." It supports a bill which mandates every elementary student get 20 minutes of uninterrupted recess every day.

The House approved its version of the bill (HB 833) Thursday with overwhelming support. But for it to become law, the Senate has to approve the bill as well.

Recess Moms say Senator John Legg, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, is blocking the Senate's version of the bill (SB 1002) from going to his committee, a crucial step toward getting the entire Senate to vote on the bill.

He argues the issue should be handled by each school district and there is no one size fits all approach.


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