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To The Editor:
The Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) administration held a math meeting last week on their plans for eighth-grade algebra. The very large turnout of current, past and future middle school parents was reflective of an array of opinions. Some were fans of the Connected Math (CMP2) program and in favor of requiring an extra year of CMP2 programming; some were not. Some were happy with the unsupervised online learning aspect; some were not.
The theme that was brought up most often was the need to preserve an accelerated math class for the eighth-graders. Articulate pleas were made to keep the one class devoted to accelerated learners, something that has been offered for at least a decade. The many advantages mentioned of maintaining an accelerated (CMP2) math class included:
The administration will be addressing the math topic at the school board meeting on Wednesday, May 16, in the Harwood Union High School library. Parents will also be holding a meeting at the Waitsfield Elementary School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 (tonight), to talk about rigor in the middle school math program and across the curriculum. If you are interested in this topic, please plan to attend both meetings.