FEBRUARY 24, 2017 ATLANTA Students in Lisa Cunningham's second grade class play during a recess at the Burgess-Peterson Academy. Kent D. Johnson/AJC
Photo: Kent D. Johnson/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
Photo: Kent D. Johnson/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Legislation for school recess dies

Legislation that inspired passionate testimony from children died under Georgia’s Gold Dome Thursday as this year’s legislative session came to an end.

House Bill 273 started life as a mandate for a half an hour of daily recess in schools. It was amended by a Senate committee to a mandate to schedule recess but only a recommendation to follow that schedule.

The bill passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 147-17 in early March but was not called up for a vote by the Senate.

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