Saturday, May 10, 2008

AZ to Mandate Recess

AZ lawmakers to decide if recess should be mandatory By Howard FischerCapitol Media Services Tucson, Arizona |

PHOENIX — State lawmakers are weighing whether to elevate recess to the same level as readin’, writin’ and 'rithmetic as required subjects.
Legislation awaiting state House action this week would require schools to provide at least 30 minutes of recess each day for students in grades one through six on top of the minimum 20 minutes they now get for lunch. But the fate of the measure is uncertain. It has drawn objections from some school officials who insist there isn’t enough time in a day to teach kids what they need, without adding a mandatory.HB 2037 cleared the Senate last week. But the 17-10 vote showed several senators are siding with the districts.