We're supposed to have 100 percent of kids take algebra in eighth grade, and be proficient,"
California's schools chief warned Tuesday that the state would need to spend an additional $3.1 billion to meet a new mandate that all eighth-graders take algebra by 2011.
Now the race is on to get California's 6.3 million public school students prepared for the more rigorous requirement.
"If one really believes that every single eighth-grader should take algebra and be proficient in it, then an investment of $3 billion is not that substantial," said John Mockler, the former executive director of the California State Board of Education. "Education improvement is not an elevator ride. You have to take the stairs."
There is quite a collection of opinions following this article in Mercury News.