Law Requiring Minimum Recess in Elementary Schools Is Put on Hold

Signed into law this summer, New Jersey’s new requirement that public elementary schools provide a minimum of 20 minutes of recess every day made it through eight years of legislative debate and one governor’s veto.

Now, it looks like it will be another year before it goes into effect.

A week into the school year, the state Department of Education changed course and yesterday informed districts that the new recess requirement would not take effect this year after all; instead, it would be bumped into the 2019-2020 school year.

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