Published Online: April 21, 2015
Published in Print: April 22, 2015, as Ohio Scuttles Mandate on Art, Music, P.E. Teachers

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Ohio Scuttles Mandate on Art, Music, P.E. Teachers

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Ohio's board of education last week approved a policy change that opponents say could gut elementary school music, art, nursing, and counseling offerings statewide.

The board eliminated the so-called “5 of 8” rule, which sets districts’ minimum number of art, music, and physical education teachers; counselors; librarians; nurses; social workers; and visiting teachers.

Board members opposed to cutting the policy said they’re concerned that cash-strapped districts will eliminate such positions because they might be considered irrelevant to standardized tests.

Vol. 34, Issue 28, Page 4

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