Arizona Senate panel guts bill that would have required 50 minutes of recess

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona Senate panel has gutted a bill that would have required schools to offer at least 50 minutes of recess for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Opposition from school districts concerned about added costs led to the changes to House Bill 2082. It now only mandates one unspecified block of recess per day for children attending charter schools or traditional schools.

Also removed was a provision that said students could not lose their unstructured recess time as punishment unless parents were notified in advance.

Supporters of the measure say the amended bill would not safeguard students' needed recess time.

The Senate Committee on Education voted 6-1 on Thursday to send the legislation to the full Senate. The House already passed it on a bipartisan 39-20 vote in February.

© 2017 Associated Press


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