Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has vetoed a bill that would have required daily recess for elementary school students. The bill had the backing of public health officials and children’s advocates, but the governor said that the bill “would impose unreasonable burdens on educational leaders without meaningful justification.’’
Kemp vetoed House Bill 83 on Friday along with several other bills. In his veto message, the governor said, “While I support expanded recess opportunities for Georgia’s students, I am a firm believer in local control, especially in education,’’ Kemp stated. He said House Bill 83 would dramatically restrict this local control, stripping long-held authority from school boards.
Similar recess proposals had failed under the Gold Dome in recent years, but in the recently completed General Assembly session, the legislation passed easily. It encouraged schools to make recess 30 minutes.