“In small schools where there is usually only one upper-level math teacher, the algebra II course would most likely be watered down in order to get everyone through it.
“Then the future engineers or math teachers would not be getting the rigorous algebra course that they deserved. We would be trying to take care of one group of students while hurting the education of another.
“Of course, in the field of education and in all businesses there are no perfect balances no matter how hard we try.”
Haterius said several industrial organizations in Texas, and specifically Mineral Wells, also support this move, so that kids who are not college-bound can be better prepared to enter the workforce.
Texas will join Florida as two of that nation’s most populous states to drop the policy.