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First grade students at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley hit the playground for their morning recess Wednesday, February 1. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

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Mandatory recess bill advances

Arizona elementary school students are a step closer to getting time each day to pretty much do what they want.

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Mandatory recess considered by Arizona lawmakers

Educational leaders in the region are wary about the state House Education Committee’s nod this week to a bill that would mandate all district and charter schools offer 50-minute recess periods from kindergarten through fifth grade.