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Montgomery parents to meet Monday to discuss concerns over math acceleration, Curriculum 2.0

The Gifted Child Committee of the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations plans to meet Monday night to discuss concerns over math acceleration as Montgomery County schools rolls out Curriculum 2.0. At least one representative from the Montgomery County Public Schools central office is expected to be at the meeting.

Math acceleration has been a hot-button issue for parents in Montgomery, who say the school system’s efforts to meet Common Core State Standards leaves gifted students bored in class. Under Curriculum 2.0, students of mixed abilities, for the most part, learn math together in a single classroom instead of being lumped into separate groups.

More than 1,000 parents have signed a petition asking the Board of Education to review how Montgomery County Public Schools implements Curriculum 2.0 math instruction. The petition, however, expresses concerns for students of all abilities, not just gifted students.

Monday’s meeting is expected to be of great interest to parents, who also chose to dominate Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s first Community Town Hall meeting with questions over math curriculum last week.

The meeting of the Gifted Child Committee will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Carver Educational Services Center Cafeteria, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville.

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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