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June 18, 2007

MN Session Report: The Good & The Bad
PART III, International Baccalaureate & Others

[See Nanny State Expansion, Part I and Psychological Screening, Part II]

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.

Various Other
[]   1.) Mandated Comprehensive Sex Education Fails
The requirement for all districts to teach graphic and unhealthy sexual curriculum every year from 7th to 12th grade that promotes promiscuity and homosexuality to students was removed from the final bill. (See " Comprehensive Sex Ed Violates Our Children.") Public opposition to this was strong, and the Governor threatened to veto the entire bill if it was included. He deserves our thanks. However, the push for this next year is expected. ( Comprehensive Sex Education is Ineffective: Abstinence Works, Major National Study Shows")

The public spotlight on comprehensive sex education revealed its current implementation already in many districts today, sometimes beginning as young as kindergarten. Every parent should investigate the sex education/health curriculum in their child's school. Outside groups such as the West Suburban Teen Clinic often conduct the class.

According to legislative testimony on March 27th, the following schools are currently using the comprehensive curriculum: North High School, Minnetonka school district, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, and Fridley. These are examples. The Minnesota Department of Education is promoting these curriculum to Minnesota teachers and administrators.

[]   2.) STD Vaccine For School-age Girls Fails
Legislation requiring HPV vaccinations for school-age girls died early in committees as a result of national outrage over this being a blatant violation of parental rights and over serious conflicts of interest of some legislative authors and pharmaceutical companies.

  []  3.) Withdrawing Minnesota from No Child Left Behind Fails
A bill to withdraw Minnesota from No Child Left Behind failed for lack of action by the House and Senate majority party. 
A similar bipartisan bill, authored by then-Sens Bachmann (R-Stillwater) and Ranum (DFL-Minneapolis), passed the 2004 Senate Education Committee and went on to pass the full Senate as part of the Senate omnibus education bill. (Michele Bachmann is now a member of Congress from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.) In the House, the measure failed on the floor. Democrats faulted the Republican House majority at that time for killing it, but this year's DFL majority didn't get the job done.

Early this year, a resolution opposing NCLB passed the Minnesota Senate, and a bipartisan bill (SF 1768 / HF 2007), similar to the one passed in the Senate in 2004, was authored by Sen. Michael Jungbauer (R-East Bethel) and Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona). However, the NCLB-withdrawal wasn't heard in any committee in either the House or the Senate, raising serious questions about how genuine the stated DFL opposition to NCLB actually is. This was the year that a DFL majority in both bodies could have produced a bill to present to the Governor, and it didn't happen. Thanks for carrying this legislation go to Sen. Jungbauer and Rep. Pelowski, and the bill's co-authors: Sens. Erickson Ropes (DFL-Winona), Limmer (R-Maple Grove), Hann (R-Eden Prairie), Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake), and Reps. Erickson (R-Princeton); Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud), Dettmer (R-Forest Lake), Rukavina (R-Virginia), Holberg (R-Lakeville), Anderson, B.(R-Buffalo), Garofalo (R-Farmington), Emmer (R-Delano), Bly (DFL-Northfield), Greiling (DFL-Roseville), Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Benson (DFL-Minnetonka), Urdahl (R-Grove City), Zellers (R-Maple Grove), Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis), Eastlund (R-Isanti), Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis), Morgan (DFL-Burnsville, Poppe (DFL-Austin), Kahn (DFL-Minneapolis), Ward (DFL-Brainerd), DeLaForest (R-Andover), Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center), Slocum (DFL-Richfield).

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