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Nov 14, 2012 9:48 AM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News

MCPS officials still eyeing math course changes

MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools officials have decided to recalculate the equation before adding more math requirements for high school students.

Missoula high school students currently are required to take two math courses, typically Algebra 1 followed by Geometry.

The school board was scheduled to discuss increasing that requirement to three math courses, including Algebra 2 or an equivalent, before a student could graduate on Tuesday night.

But, the item was removed from the agenda because not everyone is on board with the proposal yet.

"There's some people that feel that maybe we need to slow this down so that more people can have the opportunity to express their opinions," MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle explained.

"This is a huge effort that will impact staffing and budget. But it's the right thing to do, but we just need to make sure that everybody is together as we move forward," he added.

Apostle says he's reaching out to math teachers and students, so everyone can accept the possible requirement as smoothly as possible.

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