- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Physical education, health, the arts, and college and career readiness courses will no longer be core requirements in Utah middle schools under a policy change adopted by a divided Utah State Board of Education.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/2via7p3 ) the board voted 9-6 Friday to amend the policy.

The vote came over objections of some board members who described the policy as “not ready for prime time” and others who said the change will deprive some youths from exposure to activities that could enrich their school experience.

Backers of the change said the amended policy will give school districts and charter schools more flexibility and enhance local control.

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