Senate Passes Recess Bill, House Debates Different Version

The Florida Senate unanimously voted Tuesday for a bill that would require elementary schools to set aside 20 minutes each day for “free-play recess.”

At the same time, the House of Representatives is moving in a different direction with their version of the bill.

The House version proposes school districts to offer recess as part of physical education classes. But the legislation does not include a mandate to offer it every school day and it would only apply to students between kindergarten and third grade.

While many schools do this already, it is not a state requirement. Both the House and Senate will have to agree on the same bill before it goes to the Governor Rick Scott’s desk for approval.