SPRINGFIELD – Public school students would get more play time under a bill advancing in the Illinois Senate.
A Senate committee passed the “Right to Play” Act, requiring schools to give kindergartners through eight graders 60 minutes of unstructured play time each day. State Sen. Robert Peters of Chicago sponsored the bill.
Peters said the 60 minutes can be broken up throughout the day, such as 15 minute increments. Supporters, such as Illinois Families for Public Schools President Cassie Creswell, said the life lessons learned on the playground are just as important as those taught in the classroom.
The “Right to Play” act awaits a full Senate vote.