Will Mandatory Recess Become A State Mandate? State Senate And House Disagree

The Florida Senate voted unanimously Tuesday, in favor of a bill that would require elementary schools to set aside at least 20 minutes each day for "free-play recess."

At the same time, The Florida House is moving forward with their own version of the bill. That version proposes districts to offer recess as part of physical education class. The legislation does not mandate "free-play recess" as a daily occurrence. It would also only apply to students between kindergarten and third grade.

While many schools provide the recess already, it is not a state requirement. 

Both the House and Senate will have to agree on the same bill before it goes to the Gov. Scott's desk for approval.

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