Dexter School Board to Vote on Limited School of Choice Option Monday

The board will consider Superintendent Mary Marshall's recommendation to approve enrollment for up to five students who plan to register as IB diploma candidates.

A proposal to approve Dexter Community Schools as a limited school of choice for the 2012-2013 academic year will go before the Dexter Board of Education on Monday.

If approved, the proposal, recommended by Superintendent Mary Marshall, would allow the district to apply for "best practice" incentive funding from the state.

For the current academic year, public schools must complete seven out of eight “best practices” in order to receive an additional $52 per pupil from the state.

Dexter already meets six practices, including:

  • The school district is the chief policy holder on medical benefit plans.
  • Dexter obtains competitive bids for 2012-13 non-instructional services.
  • Dexter monitors individual pupil academic growth in each subject area at least twice during the school fiscal year using competency based online assessments.
  • Supporting opportunities for pupils to receive post-secondary credit while attending secondary school.
  • Offering online instructional programs or blended learning opportunities to all eligible pupils.
  • Provide a link on district’s home page for the MiSchoolData portal.

To receive the additional funding, Dexter would need to either become a School of Choice or meet increased seat time for physical education or health education.

Marshall is recommending the district provide enrollment for up to five sophomore students who plan to register as International Baccalaureate diploma candidates in the 2014-2015 school year.

"The purpose of bringing students in 10th grade is to give students the opportunity to assure their course offerings are aligned to meet the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and foundational courses needed to be in the full diploma program," Marshall said.

Students who enroll under the School of Choice option would be required to enroll in and complete courses in a pre-International Baccalaureate program and demonstrate progress toward completing the full diploma program in order to remain eligible to remain in Dexter, according to information provided to the Dexter Board of Education.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, Marshall is recommending that the School of Choice option continue and remain available for students entering their sophomore year in high school.

The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Creekside Intermediate School.

Barbara Read November 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM
One interesting point is that the requirement is to "offer" school of choice. If no students sign up for the Dexter IB program, the district is still eligible for the additional $52 per student. You can watch the board meeting school of choice discussion here at marker 58:30. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgBDQtvooTw
shewithnoname November 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM
What a scam! It's all about the money, not the kids, isn't it? God forbid ALL of the students should get some extra time in phys ed. Aren't we complaining about childhood obesity? Are we really complaining about the lack of children of diplomats? www.truthaboutib.com
Frank DiGeorge November 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Why IB is not a good fit for most schools 1) Compared to AP, IB will increase college costs for most students. 2) IB will not improve student performance. 3) IB's pedagogical method is one of constructivism and inquiry based learning to promote a specific ideology. 4) IB is extremely expensive. 5) Many schools drop IB. The reasons most often stated are: a) Cost, b) Lack of student improvement with IB, c) Less flexible than AP, d) Lack of participation in IB classes, e) Lack of college credit for IB. 6) Some people object to IB on religious grounds. 7) There is no record of a school ever being turned down for IB, so long as the money is available. 8) At the elementary level IB is required for all children in the school and the stated goal is to "develop attitudes," and to get students to "take action." At the middle school the IB suggests IB be implemented school wide. Children of parents who object to the IB ideology are sometimes forced into IB. 9) Many international teachers and former IB teachers are against the programme. Continued below
Frank DiGeorge November 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Continued from above, 10) IB is an NGO of UNESCO (UN), IB’s goal is to promote the UN ideology. 11) IB has little to do with real education and more to do with ideology; specifically the UN’s ideology and Agenda 21. 12) With IB schools give up some local control. Any disputes are handled in Switzerland with Swiss law. 13) Some states and political parties are trying to eliminate IB. 14) The IB diploma required TOK class is composed entirely of questions like, "When can it be right to disobey the law? Can suicide bombers be right?" 15) AP is the best fit for gifted students. 16) For the IB diploma students must complete: six required classes in two years (three one year classes and three two year classes), a UN influenced philosophy course, write an extended essay, and complete 150 hours of community service. 17) IB is implemented in a deceitful way over and over throughout the United States. Once someone questions IB an open and honest discussion is never allowed, and the community becomes divided. To find proof supporting all the points above, http://myinclinevillage.com/2011/07/31/what-all-parents--students-should-know-before-enrolling-in-ib.aspx There are numerous active IB battles going on in the US, www.TruthAboutIB.com
Laura Jones November 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
With absolutely no commentary intended on the course content (the UN is not the root of all evil, sorry), I think this was a poorly considered decision. IB is a waste of our funds and resources. Kids today, including in Dexter, have little PE time and many have no outside opportunity for sports. If you are not an athlete that can qualify for a competitive team, you are out of luck in Dexter if you are male. Our cafeterias serve only pre-packaged food which is heinous (plastic bagged pancakes anyone? PIzza every week? Chocolate milk daily?) and the nation complains our kids are out of shape and overweight. Logic would dictate that addressing this "national calamity" would be a priority. There is a "minus 5 year" life span consequence to our national problem! http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/10/opinion/10talkingpoints.html?pagewanted=all This is misguided and I agree with no name above - its a blatant money grab. What in the world are they thinking? The IB program needs to go away permanently! If parents want that for their kids, then pay for a private education. We should be about serving the wider majority of our population.


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