The Illinois Senate today voted 32-20 to require that students in kindergarten through fifth grade get at least 20 minutes of recess.
Schools also would be permitted to require recess for 6th through 8th grades.
The bill also seeks to block teachers from holding children out of recess as punishment, according to sponsoring Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood.
Lightford said her original bill asked for a statewide 30-minute requirement, but it was reduced to 20 minutes through negotiations.
Lightford said children need a chance to “cut loose” during the day to help them concentrate on their lessons.
Opponents argued the move could cost schools additional money.
The measure now goes to the House.
Illinois Senate approves mandatory recess bill
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