Legislative panel approves bill mandating school recess

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Arizona kids could get a longer recess break if a new bill becomes law. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona kids could get a longer recess break if a new bill becomes law. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Rep. Jesus Rubalcava wants elementary students to have at least 50 minutes of recess time per day. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Rep. Jesus Rubalcava wants elementary students to have at least 50 minutes of recess time per day. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Currently, there are no laws requiring recess. That time is set by the districts and schools. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Currently, there are no laws requiring recess. That time is set by the districts and schools. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The bill unanimously passed bipartisan support and will likely move to the House floor for a vote by the full chamber. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The bill unanimously passed bipartisan support and will likely move to the House floor for a vote by the full chamber. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona school kids could be getting a break -- or at least a longer one.

The House Committee on Education voted Monday to give elementary students at least 50 minutes of recess per day.

Currently, there are no laws requiring recess. That time is set by the districts and schools.

Over the years, break times have been cut down as teachers focus on meeting higher academic standards.

Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, a Democrat from Gila Bend, says some schools don't offer breaks except during lunch.

As the sponsor of the bill, he believes it's counter productive that students perform better when they have time out of the classroom.

"It... allows for the brain of the child to take a break because data and statistics show after a certain amount of time nothing is going into the brain," Rubalcava said.

HB 2082 would also bar schools from punishing students by taking recess away from them.

The bill unanimously passed bipartisan support and will likely move to the House floor for a vote by the full chamber.

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