Districts could opt out of specialty subject mandates

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 05/22 2014 01:47PM

Updated 05/22 2014 02:20PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Teachers may get more time to focus on the lessons they think are most important. Currently, the state requires them to teach certain topics, but there's a push to do away with those mandates. A bill would allow districts to opt out of "specialty subjects." It could free up time and money.

Most of them aren't funded by the state and can be costly, including programs like Arbor Day or Bird Day where kids spend the day planting trees and flowers or American Indiana Day, where schools hold a special commemoration. These are things not all school districts can afford. The bill passed out of committee and is now pending in the Senate.

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