A judge on Dec. 19 blocked a plan to make California the first state in the nation to require algebra testing for all eighth-graders, reports the Associated Press. The ruling sidelines an ambitious mandate approved by the state Board of Education in July after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recommended it over the concerns of California’s school superintendent and education groups. The board pushed through the effort for the state to meet federal testing requirements or face losing up to $4.1 million in funding. The mandate would have affected students in the 2011-12 school year. But the California School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators sued in September to overturn the requirement. They questioned whether the state had the money, staff, and training to comply with the state board’s decision. In her ruling Dec. 19, Judge Shelleyanne Chang said she issued a preliminary injunction because the board acted outside its jurisdiction and without public input. She added that the plaintiffs would likely win if the lawsuit went to trial. Ted Mitchell, chairman of the state Board of Education, said the board intended to appeal…

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