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June 18, 2007

2007 MN Session Report: International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB)
[] 1.) Funding the pilot program for the district-wide South St. Paul IB program fails.
This provision would have funded the already-being-implemented South St. Paul five-year IB pilot program for the primary and intermediate level programs for the entire district. The core curriculum of International Baccalaureate is the world citizen philosophy,founded on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, not on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. The UN philosophy is contrary to the American Creed. (See "The International Baccalaureate Curriculum.") IB is a key component of the transformation of our education system that diminishes the meaning and significance of American citizenship and the U.S. as a sovereign nation while elevating the United Nations. (See DVD, "Arizona State Senate Testimony on International Education" and International Baccalaureate, Session I and Session 2, EdWatch Conference.)

The South St. Paul district failed to gain state funding for its district-wide program in 2006, but they moved ahead with their program anyway. Less than five weeks later, the School board announced financial woes and the need to cut other programs and positions.(" SSP District 6 to consider program, personnel cuts") It is "still unknown as to how much would need to be cut," according to the Sun Newspaper. Superintendent Babbitt blamed two years of no state funding increases, though voters approved a 2004 referendum, and state aid for this year and the next was increased by 4%. "Babbitt said the district has still yet to recover from the freeze."  When it comes to teaching global citizenship that undermines American citizenship, as IB does, time and money appear to be no obstacle to the school board.

[]   2.) IB Pilot program for Brooklyn Center District for all grades fails.
This IB provision would have funded the implementation of a Brooklyn Center five-year pilot program for all grades in the district. It would fund preparatory activities, in-service for teachers, curriculum and instruction materials, startup costs, annual operation, instruction costs, implementation costs, and the costs of achieving learning outcomes and timelines.

Many proponents frequently claim the IB is voluntary. However, this and many other IB elementary and middle school programs organize the entire school around IB curriculum. Students have no other options.

  [] 3.) Expanding State Financial Support for International Baccalaureate (IB) passes.
IB will receive 25% of the Advanced Placement funding to increase the availability of IB.,This provision will intends to increase in the number of students who participate in IB. If IB received funding proportional to the number of students enrolled in IB and Advanced Placement, the IB portion would be less than 5%. This provision provides funding for teacher training and instruction, further development of IB programs, purchase of curriculum, payment of program fees, and hiring of IB licensed teachers. It also begins a grant program to schools with a plan to establish a new IB program. IB will be eligible for 25% of the $7.3 million 2008 and $8.111 million 2009 appropriation. (See "International Baccalaureate rushed through.")

The Governor, along with President Bush, has made international education an education priority. IB is a major component of the internationalizing of our schools, often from kindergarten on. This was one of the Governor's proposals that partnered with the DFL left.  Like the partnership of President Bush with U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton on the passage of No Child Left Behind, IB is a key part of the larger issues of open borders and transferring governance to international agencies. Candidates for public office need to be informed about IB and held accountable for opposing it.

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