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Algebra for all 8th graders

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From: Peter Bakich <pdbinvegas@aol.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Nov 16, 2001 at 10:06:46
Subject: Algebra for all 8th graders


My school district, Clark County School District in Las Vegas, has a new 
superintendent who wants all 8th graders to have Algebra.  We've convinced 
him that this would take some rearrangement of curriculum in the lower grades 
so that the students will be ready to handle the rigors of Algebra. He has 
given somewhat on his requirement, but still wants this to take place within 5 
years.  What are your reactions to this as far as a timeframe goes?  Is 5 
years realistic?  What are some of the pitfalls we might encounter as we try 
to revamp the sixth largest district in the nation?


Peter Bakich pdbinvegas@aol.com

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