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PE, health, arts no longer middle school core requirements

Aug 7, 2017 by

SALT LAKE CITY — Physical education, health, the arts, and college and career readiness courses will no longer be core requirements in Utah middle schools under a policy change adopted by a divided Utah State Board of Education.

Over objections of some board members who described the policy as “not ready for prime time” and others who said the change will deprive some youths from exposure to activities that could enrich their school experience, the board voted 9-6 on Friday to amend the policy.

Backers of the change said the amended policy will give school districts and charter schools more flexibility and enhance local control.

“I like giving the freedom to the (local education agencies). I reached out to parents because ultimately it’s their children that we service, and parents really liked having this freedom and having this opportunity to choose in the best interest of their children and to allow their children to choose,” said board member Michelle Boulter.

Board member Carol Lear said she, too, believes in choice and freedom.


Source: PE, health, arts no longer middle school core requirements | Deseret News

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