Tuesday, May 8, 2007

IL to Mandate Daily Recess?

According to the Healthy Schools Campaign, 85 percent of children in Chicago Public Schools do not have recess and that has activated a parent advocacy group into stepping up a campaign to get recess back in Chicago Public Schools. The Healthy Schools Campaign lobbied the Illinois House of Representatives, which passed a bill last week mandating at least 10 minutes of recess a day. The bill will go to the State Senate to be voted on later this month.

Recess advocates point out that, "A healthy student performs better academically, will miss fewer days, and they will learn more."