IB Milks the US Education Cash Cow
February 26, 2009
Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
has found a real CASH COW with the U.S. education system.
After a school is authorized by IBO to use IB program(s) and
pays the "annual fee," it can be referred to as an "IB World
School." So IBO charges for using their "programs"
(curriculum, teacher training, instructional methods,
assessment, etc) in OUR schools that are then referred to as
The 08-09 International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
"Annual fee" has increased to $9,150 per school. The
previous year it was $8,850. (Note: There are different
"Annual fees" for IBO's "Primary Years Program" and "Middle
The various individual "per candidate" costs (covering
registration with IB, per subject fees, exam registration
fee, per exams costs, etc) have also been bumped up. Click
the link to see the schedule of fees for 2008-2009 school
IB Diploma Program "Scale of fees" (pdf)
We already pay hefty taxes in the U.S. to support public
education. We should not pay more on top of what we
already shell out in order to support outside interests.
My son received a solid academic college prep education in a
well-implemented AP (Advanced Placement) program in a public
school -- so I know it is possible to educate students in
public schools when there is "will" to do so. The per
student expenditures at the school were thousands of
dollars LESS than the district's other schools where
kids had a "choice of themes." Nonetheless, there have been
ongoing behind-the-scene attempts to replace a highly
successful AP program with the IB Diploma Program which
would substantially increase the cost of education and
thereby require an increase in the taxpayer burden -- with
no added benefits!