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District Cuts Back On Science, Physical Education With New Elementary Curriculum.

The Marshall County (TN) Tribune (8/27, Hall) reports that teachers, parents, and students in Marshall County "were surprised by [elementary] curriculum changes when" students "went back to school earlier this month." The new curriculum requires "90 minutes of class time every day for mathematics, and 90 minutes for reading." Consequently, students now have "significantly less class time for language arts, science, and social studies." Furthermore, "Art and music have been cut from once a week to once every two weeks," and instead of 90 minutes per week for physical education, "children have only two 30-minute classes with a PE teacher" this year. According to schools director Stan Curtis, the new curriculum allows for math interventions to be included in the school day. He also said that the district is "still in compliance with state mandates on art, music, and PE."

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