Our school is huge, roughly 2,400 students. We have a tremendous amount of ELLs and SPEDS. Up until now, the 2 year Integrated Algebra and 2 year Geometry courses were perfect for these very low achieving students. (Mind you, some are refugees who have never been to school and can barely speak English)
We, too, have been told that starting next year only 1 year algebra and 1 year geometry will be offered. This has a lot to do with adding rigor to the school and creating a more challenging environment. I won't voice any opinions of my own on here, but I did want you to know you're not alone.
We'll just have to see what comes out of it. Either the kids with live up to the faster paced course, or... they won't.