- Florida's Lake County School District says it will not increase its recess requirement to more than an hour per week despite protests from parents and grandparents.
- The outcry began in July as parents demanded that children receive 30 minutes of recess each day.
- Superintendent Susan Moxley shot that down earlier this week, saying that the district's principals could decide if their school provides more than an hour of recess per week, but that the district would require no longer than that.
While the parents didn't get what they asked for, they do seem to be taking the announcement for individual schools as a sign of progress, since the district previously had no minimum recess requirement. The Huffington Post also notes that the district requires daily physical education classes, as well. If that wasn't the case, the parents could probably argue the point that daily physical activity is important in preventing and combating childhood obesity — a point that's often lost in the debate over healthy school lunches.
A similar debate is currently taking place in Orange County, FL.