Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Rally for Education in Doylestown tonight

Opponents of Central Bucks School District's changes to middle-school curriculum seek to restore all electives for students.

Rally for Education in Doylestown tonight

Parents, students, and other members of the Central Bucks School District have scheduled a Rally for Education from 5:30 to 6:30 today in Doylestown Borough to oppose changes to the middle-school curriculum starting next year.

Opponents of the district’s move to eliminate computer applications as a class and to limit the number of electives middle-school students can take are seeking to get the changes tabled, parent Mary Bingler said.  The rally will precede the regularly scheduled school board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Educational Services Center on Weldon Drive.

The school board has approved the administration’s plan to eliminate one class period a day and lengthen each of the remaining six periods by 10 minutes. The additional time will help students learn the core subjects of math, science, English, reading, Social Studies and world language, the administration has said. Computer skills will be taught in the core classes.

The elimination of the seventh period means students will have to choose which elective subjects they take from art, music, physical education, Family and Consumer Science, PEN (for gifted students) , and industrial design.

Opponents of the changes say students should continue to take all elective subjects. The changes were proposed without consulting teachers and the public, they say.

The rally will be at the four corners of Main and State streets. Supporters also may gather outside the county courthouse grounds.   

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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