60 parents, students protest Central Bucks curriculum changes

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Rally at center of Doylestown Borough from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. (Bill Reed/Staff)

About 50 parents, students and other community members staged a rally in Doylestown Borough early Tuesday evening to protest changes to the Central Bucks School District curriculum.

The district plans to cut computer classes in the five middle schools and to restrict the number of electives 7th, 8th and 9th graders can take to provide more time on core subjects.

About half of protesters were students, many who chanted, "Save our schools."

Anna Hall, an 8th grader at Lenape Middle School, said the changes will mean she won't be able to take a computer applications class. She also will have to limit her electives and drop band, she said.

"I love my school," Hall said. "I don't want anything to change."

Protesters stood on each corner of the borough's main intersection, in front of the Starbucks, with many holding signs opposing the curriculum changes.

Borough Council President Det Ansinn showed up to lend his support.

"It's frustrating," Ansinn said. "A plurality of families, parents, oppose the changes, and the school board doesn't seem to think they have to be responsive to the community."

The board has unanimously approved the administration's proposed changes.