Dozens of unhappy parents lined up at this week’s San Francisco school board meeting to demand the district restore programs and courses for gifted and high-achieving students.

The outcry late Tuesday revolved around changes made last year in math instruction, which included pushing the Algebra I course out of middle school and into freshman year of high school, as well as the elimination of honors courses in middle school and ninth grade.

In addition, the district had suspended the process used to identify students for the Gifted and Talented Education Program, or GATE, because the criteria relied on state standardized tests, which were put on hold for two years while schools switched to the new Common Core curriculum.

The angry parents accused the district of dumbing down instruction and ignoring or holding back smart students to focus on the needs of those at the bottom end of the achievement gap.

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