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Bill requires exercise time in Maine schools

11:32 AM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill requiring Maine public schools to provide at least 30 minutes of physical activity each school day for kindergarten through fifth grade students has won an initial round in the state Senate.

By a 24-10 vote, senators gave initial approval to the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth.

Under the present law, teachers and school administrators may take away recess as a disciplinary action. The bill would require a teacher to provide students with a substitute option for physical activity if the student's recess is taken away.

Millett's bill faces further House and Senate votes.

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