State school board to vote on specialized teachers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio state school board is expected to hold a preliminary vote on a policy
change some say would let districts eliminate art, gym and other classes.

At issue is a rule governing districts’ minimum staffing requirements for elementary art, music and
physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers.

The vote Tuesday involves a proposal to eliminate the mandate that schools must have five of eight of
those positions per 1,000 students. Some fear the change would allow elementary schools to do away with
those classes and support staff.

Several teachers and students rallied outside the Department of Education Monday to protest.

A final vote isn’t expected until March.

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