California reluctantly grants waivers of algebra requirement for graduation

04/26/2004 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A scramble by nearly 200 districts for exemptions from a new law requiring all high school students complete one year of algebra is frustrating lawmakers and state educators hoping to raise educational standards. The bill's crafter, state Sen. Charles Poochigian, believes algebra is a "gateway skill" that promotes higher levels of critical thinking for all students.

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