Board tables discussion on Aspen math requirement |

Board tables discussion on Aspen math requirement

ASPEN – After more than an hour of discussion Monday morning, and leaning toward a split vote, the Aspen Board of Education decided to table a motion that would have increased the high school mathematics requirement to four years, beginning with next year’s freshmen class. Students are currently required to take three years of math.

The recommendation to increase the number of math credits required for graduation came from Aspen Superintendent John Maloy with the backing of high school administrators, math teachers and college counselors. They argued that four years of math would benefit all students regardless of whether they planned to attend college or enter the work force after graduation.

School board members Bob Glah and Sheila Wills appeared to favor the change. Charla Belinksi and school board President Elizabeth Parker had reservations. Namely, they were concerned that the more stringent requirement would not meet the needs of all students and that it might actually be a deterrent to graduate for a handful.

Currently, 22 Aspen High seniors are not enrolled in a fourth year of math for a variety of reasons.

Thus, the school board tabled a decision until its May 21 meeting, when its fifth member, Sandra Peirce, will be present. That discussion is expected to be brief, however, as Parker and Belinksi both said they really just needed time to process the discussion and perhaps craft a compromise that would appease all parties.

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