Georgia House votes to require recess

ATLANTA — State Rep. Demetrius Douglas made no attempt to hide around his bill, seeking bipartisan approval.

"Thirty minutes of recess and can't be taken away because the kid is acting bad. That's it," said the Stockbridge Democrat.

The Georgia House voted 147-17 on House Bill 273, which requires schools in Georgia to provide at least 30 minutes of unstructured, preferably outdoor, break time for students in kindergarten and first through fifth grade.

The length, frequency, timing and location of the recess time is left to the discretion of local school boards.

The bill also provides recess as a right that cannot be taken away even from students who receive disciplinary action.

It must now get through the Senate to become a law.