California may need to increase its spending on education by more than $3 billion to implement a new algebra requirement urged by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state's top school official said on Tuesday, says Reuters. California already spends $50 billion a year on public education and state lawmakers are at an impasse on talks for a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1. They must close a budget shortfall of more than $17 billion by Schwarzenegger's estimation.

The State's superintendent of public instruction, Jack O'Connell, said the Algebra I Success Initiative would improve mathematics instruction and prepare

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