The district I teach in had courses called Applied Arts or Liberal Arts for students who need the extra little help to access core curriculum in the schools. They are by no means "dumbed down" but often go back to basic skills for reading, English or Math or different books that are district approved but are not used by the mainstreamed teachers. The Applied Art and Liberal Art classes also allowed students to access the core curriculum as required by IDEA. The classes in the memo are now no longer available starting next school year.
Some of these courses aren't even "remedial" or simplified but alternative classes for students who wanted use them for electives. Now, ALL students no matter their skill levels will be attending College Preparatory classes.
But, "Viking Mom what if a student is struggling with College Prep Algebra 1, which is a graduation requirement?"
Well, the answer to that one is that the student who is failing Algebra 1 will continue taking the class and also attend a "supplementary class" to improve their skills so they can pass the class.
What does this mean. It means that now in a high school College Prep English, math, history and foreign language class of 40+ students the classroom population will look like this: regular education students, students who have scored below ore far below basic on the California, students with mild to severe disabilities, students whose second language is English, and insert any other student population you can think of into this scenario.
It is promised that teachers will receive assistants and support for students but we all the reality of that promise.