Peter Doran: Stop treating Virginia’s students like cultural guinea pigs!

Peter Doran a conservative running for Governor of Virginia and founder of “Let’s Win, Virginia” blasted Virginia’s Department of Education decision to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade.

“Let me preview what’s going to happen: Rich families will pay to give their kids extra classes or go to private school, and everyone else will get an inferior education. Stop treating Virginia’s students like cultural guinea pigs!” wrote Doran in his twitter.

Ian Serotkin who is a board member of Loudoun County school board also blasted the decision calling it “absolutely bananas.”

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“As currently planned, this initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade,” wrote Serotkin in his facebook page. “That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this. All 6th graders will take Foundational Concepts 6. All 7th graders will take Foundational Concepts 7. All 10th graders will take Essential Concepts 10. Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses. My first reaction to this was that it seemed absolutely bananas, and that it sets a soft cap on the number of higher math courses students are going to be able to take. My second reaction was to wonder which outside math learning franchises (Kaplan, Mathnasium, etc.) are publicly traded, because I foresee their stock soaring.”


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