Aha! Excellent. Thank you very much.
It's not feasible for me to access that article at the moment, but I've bookmarked it for when it is.
I am still hoping to see ThinkOfTheChildren's source, though; I think it'd probably be the most germane evidence.
I'd like to see the citations on the importance of 8th grade Algebra as critical predictor of future success.
Also, since you're professionally aware of the ins and outs of US education systems, can you give us some general advice for contacting local school/school board officials or the like--how we should go about getting involved in ameliorating such issues in our communities?
I'd be interested; could you please post those so they can be added to the top post?