January 17, 2016 by realrenewal
Parents and students have started circulating a petition to protest the closure of Regina Public’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The program cancellation was announced at a school board meeting. No vote was taken because under the board’s policy governance model, trustees do not vote on matters relating to curriculum. The IB program, which had been offered at Campbell and Thom collegiates, and was scheduled to be offered at Balfour, will be replaced by a less expensive Advanced Placement (AP) Program option, which the board says it will provide at all high schools. The Advanced Placement Program also offers enhanced learning and some transferable university credits, although supporters of the IB program argue it does not match the quality and recognition of the IB program.
The board report states that AP “does not require costly teacher accreditation and training,” and that individual schools can “tailor program offerings” to meet staff capacity and student interests.
Below are links for further information about the programs under discussion.
Advanced Placement Program
International Baccalaureate Program
School Board report and rationale (pp. 2-7 of agenda)