Groups representing school administrators and local education boards are challenging California’s requirement that all eighth-graders be tested in algebra, the Associated Press reports. The California School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators filed a lawsuit Sept. 4. It seeks an injunction to prevent the state Board of Education from imposing the requirement. California is the first state to mandate algebra classes at such an early level. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, says the action by the state board was taken in violation of the state’s open-meeting laws. It says the public was not given adequate time to comment on the policy. Last month, the board moved quickly to adopt Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last-minute recommendation to test all eighth-graders in algebra, despite fierce opposition from Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell…

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