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In Minnesota, new algebra requirements haunting teachers

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Battle Lake Elementary math teacher Stacy Lundquist has seen the word "algebra" set off anxious thoughts of unwieldy abstractions among her students.

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"Sometimes when they hear 'algebra,' they get really nervous and think, 'I can't do this,' " she said.

The Minnesota Department of Education wants students to start facing these fears sooner - and the recent push for teaching more algebra earlier is making Lundquist and her colleagues across the state slightly anxious, too.

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