School Board Takes Next Step in Eliminating ‘Five of Eight’ Rule | StateImpact Ohio

Yes, more flexibility to cut those subjects in schools that make life worth living and allow us to examine the nature of human life: “Dozens of people stood outside the Ohio Department of Education headquarters—shouting in support of the state’s so-called “five of eight” rule.

It says for every 1,000 elementary students, schools should have at least five of these eight positions: art, phys ed, and music teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians, social workers, and visiting teachers.

But the state school board has voted to change that rule—basically taking out the required ratios and giving more control to the local level.

Supporters of “five of eight” say without the requirements, districts will be quick to slash art programs and other services the next time they’re in a budget crunch.”

via School Board Takes Next Step in Eliminating ‘Five of Eight’ Rule | StateImpact Ohio.

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