Should recess be mandatory? One state is pushing law forward

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (WCIA) — Recess could soon be mandatory at public schools across Illinois.

A bill requiring 30 minutes per day of supervised unstructured recess for schools is now heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.


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The 30 minutes of recess can be split into two 15-minute periods if a school district so chooses. The bill would also make it so that a student can’t be removed from recess as a punishment.

The bill passed 60-52, with six “no” votes. Republicans voted against it because of concerns about what it could do to a school’s already structured day. They also brought up complaints from local school districts that said the financial impact of hiring a recess supervisor would cause issues for schools.

If Pritzker signs the bill, the requirement will start during the next school year.

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