Kids Need Recess
Unstructured play for all students in kindergarten through 5th grade is an Alliance for Public Schools' Community Legislative Priority. Unfortunately, recess has been eliminated from many school days in the push for more rigorous academics. Parents, teachers and concerned community members across Florida expressed a desire to see recess restored to all schools. The "Public School Recess Bill" by Senator Flores (R) has passed unanimously in all three of its committee hearings. It's final stop will be a vote of the full Senate where it is expected to pass.
Unfortunately, the House version of the bill has yet to be heard in a single committee. House Bill 67 by Representative Plasencia (R) has been assigned to the PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee. Representative Chris Latvala is the chair of the committee and has the power to put the Recess bill on the agenda for a vote.