Ohio’s State Board of Education has eliminated the requirement that public boards of education employ licensed individuals to fill at least five of eight jobs for every 1,000 students: art, music, physical education, school counselors, library media specialists, school nurses, social workers and “visiting teachers.” The longstanding “5 of 8” rule was initially adopted in the 1970’s. Opponents of the change, including the Ohio Education Association, are concerned that eliminating the requirements will cause “cash-strapped” schools to eliminate these types of positions because they are not seen as relevant to state standardized tests. Supporters cite the value of local control that will allow public schools the flexibility to evaluate the need for these types of teachers and act accordingly.