Beware the IB organization
February 20, 2008
At a time when the school board is, according to Karen Strakbein, looking to cut its budget by millions, Lou Marchesano is looking to make Summit County Schools into IB World Schools, by proposing that the District expand the three IB programs and offer the fill K-through-12 continuum that IB offers.
What he conveniently fails to explain are the costs associated with this effort, and the political agendas that are clearly expressed in the speeches by Jeffrey Beard, the IB director General (www.ibo.org).
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Curriculum and Assessment Center in Cardiff, United Kingdom, covers all of their operational costs by charging fees to schools providing “services” to support the implementation of their three programs.
These fees that they charge are under four main categories:
1) Authorization fees paid by a school to be authorized to offer an IB program (this figure is not found in their literature);
2) Annual school fees paid by each IB World School for each program it’s authorized to teach. The Primary Years Program (PYP), and the Middle Years Program (MYP) fees per year, per school, is $5,220, and the Diploma Program is $8,850 per year;
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3) Student assessment fees paid for each student being assessed: For the MYP, each school will pay a $614 subject fee for every subject moderated, and the student will pay a fee of $58 for each assessment. For the Diploma Program, a student registration fee of $123 per student and a subject fee of $84;
4) By-request service fees, which are paid when school requests an extra service from the IB e.g. legalization, with fees to be determined.
There are two other areas where schools can choose to purchase services from the IB:
1) Professional development for training teachers and administrators (which of course will have to be accomplished in order to be an effective IB school teacher); and
2) the IB store, which provides the publications or merchandise that is tied to the IB schools and teacher training.
The analysis of income by IBO shows that for every $1, 80.95 percent comes from fees; 13.76 percent from IB workshops; 2.09 percent from IB publications; 0.9 percent from investments; 0.78 percent from value added taxes (VAT); and 1.52 percent from grants.
I believe that entering into an agreement with the International Baccalaureate Organization Program, and becoming an IB school system, will commit this school district to a very long-term slippery slope of potential annual increasing fees, continuous new and costly teacher training programs, and our school system being controlled by sources outside the community and the country, and with a “politically correct” agenda to boot!
If IB is institutionalized in the Summit schools, there may be a silver lining. We will have no need for a superintendent; we will only need an IB administrator (Mr. Marchesano?) to make sure our teachers are all IB certified, and a public relations director to change the Feel Good Slogan of the Month on the schools’ bulletin boards. (Your children will not only get an IB education, they will also get an IB indoctrination!)
Does it make sense to be adopting this every expensive program at a time when the superintendent is suggesting dismissing 32 teachers for lack of finances? Students need hard work and caring teachers in the classroom more than they IBO World Schools!
Please take the time and effort to get the facts at http://www.ibo.org, which is their own IBO website.
Read the entire site from the speeches of Jeffrey Beard to the mission statement before you choose to support the extension of this costly and questionable program.