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Rick Scott to sign controversial education policy bill

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Gov. Rick Scott will sign a contentious education policy bill that critics fear will hurt traditional public schools in favor of privately-managed charter schools. The Governor’s Office on Thursday morning announced he will approve “a major education bill” at Morning Star Catholic School in Orlando, “which serves many children who receive the Gardiner Scholarship,” one of the programs affected by the legislation. The bill signing is slated for 3:45 p.m., a press release said. It did not mention the bill by name or…

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VIDEO: Lawmakers, supporters speak out on school recess

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Sen. Anitere Flores, Rep. Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, and a throng of “recess moms” spoke with reporters Thursday in support of legislation that would mandate school recess. The Senate Education Committee this week voted unanimously to approve this year’s bill (SB 78). Its House companion (HB 67) has not yet heard a hearing. It requires school districts to provide at least 20 minutes of recess each day to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This may well be the year the bill…

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Florida House passes bill mandating recess at public schools

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The Florida House wants to give kids a little down time. The House voted 112-2 on Thursday to approve a bill (HB 833) that requires public schools to provide 100 minutes of recess each week in kindergarten through fifth grade. It also applies to sixth-grade students enrolled in schools with one or more elementary grades. “This is about recess,” said Rep. Bob Cortes, the bill’s co-sponsor. “We’re teaching our children … but they also need a break. It has a…

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Bill would mandate elementary schools to give recess

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A House education panel unanimously cleared a bill that would create a state mandate for elementary schools to give students at least 100 minutes of recess per week. The K-12 Subcommittee OK’d the measure (HB 833) Tuesday. It must next clear the Education Appropriations Subcommittee and full Education Committee before it can be heard on the House floor. The bill, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Rene Plasencia of Orlando and Bob Cortes of Altamonte Springs specifies “supervised, safe, and unstructured free-play recess.” On the question…

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