Now that California has mandated Algebra 1 for all eighth-graders within three years, a deeply entrenched problem has become even more urgent: California does not have enough qualified teachers of mathematics, reports the Sacramento Bee. Districts recognize the problem and are doing what they can to cultivate more teachers. So are universities. The number of new math teachers emerging from colleges has been going up. At California State University, Sacramento, for example, small but growing numbers have signed up to join the profession. Among them: Isabel Montoya, a 20-year-old from Monterey County with enough idealism to inspire the most math-averse adolescent, and Roy Baty, a 60-year-old retired school maintenance worker from Citrus Heights with an affinity for numbers and teaching. Overall, however, the looming shortage of math teachers stands as one of the biggest challenges facing schools in coming years…

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