No more gym or art? Confusion over state board proposal

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According to The Columbus Dispatch, a committee from the Ohio Board of Education recommended doing away with staffing requirements for elementary schools that many critics argue could eliminate art, music, and physical education classes.

Critics also argue it could mean no more school nurses, librarians and counselors.

A board member says they are not eliminating those positions.

A panel voted 4-3 to recommend passing new standards that would let schools make their own staffing decisions.

Supporters say the standards are outdated- they were adopted in 1983- and give local schools more flexibility and control over staffing.

The board will hear public testimony today; a final vote is expected in March.

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