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New pre-algebra course without prerequisites

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From: Jackie <ccbach@wctc.net>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: May 17, 2006 at 20:43:37
Subject: New pre-algebra course without prerequisites

Our district's newly elected school board last week voted to put
into place for the 06-07 school year a 7th grade pre-algebra class that
was supposed to be piloted in the 07-08 school year.  This decision was
made in spite of pleas by high school and junior high math teachers,
curriculum and committee members to WAIT for the 07-08 school year as
originally planned.  To top it off, the school board voted to REMOVE all
prerequisites for this "accelerated track" class.  Again, the board
ignored pleas from educators, parents, administrators to keep the prereqs
in place.

Does anyone out there have any experience with a class like this when
prereq's were not in place? Or does anyone have any advice?

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