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Sat May 11, 2019, 03:25 AM

Kemp vetos recess bill.

When the Georgia General Assembly approved a recess bill this year, children across the state rejoiced.

But on Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp ended the party by vetoing House Bill 83. It had passed both the House and Senate by wide margins, but Kemp said it was too burdensome for schools.Children have been lobbying for years to get one version or another of the legislation through.

Lily NordbyWills was in fourth grade when she testified at a hearing two years ago. She was, by now, too old to reap the benefits, but she wanted recess for younger kids because she remembers what it was like when her class didn’t get it.“I don’t think they quite understand what kids need because a lot of kids are fidgety and rambunctious and recess kind of tampers them down,” said Lily, 12, after learning of Kemp’s veto. “It’s just disappointing.”

The legislation would have required most schools with kindergarten through fifth grade classes to schedule recess daily. It encouraged a duration averaging half an hour a day, and called on school boards to write policies ensuring that recess “is scheduled so that it provides a break” and isn’t withheld “for disciplinary or academic reasons.”


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