Policy Matters report finds loss of “5 of 8 rule” will further harm students
Posted December 15, 2016 in Press Releases
Ohio lost more than 3,000 educators in the decade before ending minimum staffing requirements
New research from Policy Matters Ohio shows last year’s controversial elimination of the “5 of 8” rule further strains the state’s already stressed public school system.
Until 2015, the State Board of Education required each district to staff full-time educators for at least five of the following eight positions: visual arts, music, physical education, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers. “Scrapping the 5 of 8 rule dealt a blow to Ohio’s schools, especially those serving low-income children, rural schools, and students of color,” said state policy fellow and report author Victoria Jackson. “Studies show that all children benefit from a well-rounded education incorporating the arts and physical activity. And many students