Algebra may be required for 8th graders

September 10, 2008 5:31:35 PM PDT
The state Board of Education is reconsidering its mandate requiring 8th graders to take algebra.

The board approved the new curriculum in July, but groups representing school boards, and administrators sued to delay its implementation.

State Education Superintendent Jack O'Connell says it would cost $3 billion to hire and train qualified teachers, money not included in the already slashed state education budget.

"We have a lot of teachers teaching math today, outside their subject areas. It's not their major in school. and in order to make sure that we have the skills necessary, make sure that our teachers are better prepared, clearly they're going to be additional professional development costs," said O'Connell.

The state Board of Education may ask for a one year waiver to allow the stalemated budget process to play out.


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