If all the facts are in, I'll bet a dollar to a donut Algebra has been dropped because most elementary teachers cannot do 8 th grade algebra I know my neighbor relocated to California years back and was a JHS teacher in So. Cal, I don't think he could handle 1/2 plus 1/3 much less algebra.. Some how he did graduate from college.
Dollar to a donut says, most of you that read this could not tell your kids how to do it.
The first step to improving public education is to get the union out of the class room. Those teachers that are in the class room just for a check, get rid of those teachers immediately and replace them with teachers that do want to teach.
It is just to hard for the people in California. I should say, it is to hard for the math teachers in California to teach. After all union teachers cann't do any math that cannot be done on their fingers and toes.