The school board in the district in which I teach recently voted to switch from the traditional algebra/geometry/algebra track to integrated math. Additionally, we're going to forbid middle school students from accelerating more than one grade level. Since "integrated 1" would be the regular 9th grade course, at best 9th graders would be prepared to take "integrated 2".
Last year I taught 2 pre-calculus courses, and I teach 2 this year. In those four classes I've had three freshmen, and all of them earned (or are earning) A's and A+'s. Under our new district policy those students would be languishing in math classes that are entirely too easy for them. I can hardly imagine anything worse we could do that could also be cloaked in the mantle of "education".