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Reports denies schools are dumping recess

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A new report says it's not true that most elementary schools are scrapping recess to make kids study harder and do better on standardized tests.

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But the Center for Public Education says the practice exists in some places, and it's most likely in schools with high-poverty and large minority enrollments.

The center's Patte Barth says safety concerns and a lack of playground equipment are among the reasons that recess gets dropped along with the pressure for schools to perform better under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In Milwaukee, all public schools must allow at least 20 minutes of recess for elementary kids. And they include a recess during their 45-minute lunch periods.

Officials say some Milwaukee grade schools have dropped an afternoon recess for everyone but kindergarteners.

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