Blogs on Upper St Clair IB Program
The IB controversy in Upper St Clair, PA gets covered by Oliver Willis, one of the big name liberal blogs. Willis links to a number of other blogs covering this, including some live journals by some of the students affected. This is from Queenbahookie.
The IB kids at school are v. passionate right now. We're staging a silent protest by wearing black armbands every day this week, leading up to the school board meeting next Monday.
The disgusting comments found in the article don't even begin to indicate the kinds of things that were said at the meeting. I mean, I wasn't there, but a lot of my friends were. Comments about IB detracting from "Judeo-Christian/American values," comments about how IB sounds like Marxism, that it is making us anti-American, downplaying Pearl Harbor and 9/11, oh, and vague mutterings about homosexuals in IB. The meeting will be broadcasted on Channel 19 until Thursday.
There's going to be a rally outside the USC municipal building on Monday. All the homosexual communists will be there, you know.
Accalia Rue, an Upper St Clair Alum writes:
Current mood: disappointed
International Baccalaureate Program
I am sad to announce that after nearly four hours of passionate speakers and debate, in a crowded auditorium of over 1,000 students, parents, alumni, and citizens, the school board voted 5-4 to eliminate the IB program. The five members of the school board who voted to cut the program have only been on the school board for two months, and either a) don't have children in the schools or b) don't have children in the IB program.
A week earlier, members of the school boad voiced concerns that the program was "anti-American" and "anti-Christian," and that the program had its roots in Marxism. At this meeting, however, they said that they were cutting the program because it was their duty to "remain fiscally responsible" to the school district, despite the fact that they did not even bother to really look into the financial records of our school district before deciding to cut the program.
The ib program costs around $80,000 dollars, and our school board has a budget of 50 million. Not to mention the fact that all of our teachers are provided with their own personal laptops, and the high school's football team recently just replaced their astroturf, and gets carted around on coach buses.
It is sad because the members of the school board who voted to kill the program clearly came into the meeting with the intentions of doing just that, despite the outcry of the community.
This has been the second controversial case since hte new members of the school baord were elected two months ago, the first having been dropped after the ACLU came in and threatened legal action because the school board wanted to ban any political talk/activity during school hours.
They're currently looking into legal action over this matter, and as a concerned alumni, I can only say that I hope we slap 'em with a big, hefty lawsuite.
Froth Slosh B'Gosh talks of Wingnuts in the Backyard.
The bruhaha over in the Upper St. Clair school district is yet another example of what happens when stealth candidates run under the radar, and start implementing wingnuttery against the wishes of the very people who elected them, and who were unaware of their concealed agendas.
Yes wingnuttery is alive and well on the Upper St. Clair School Board. The code phrases are there for all to see.
Newly elected wingnut Daniel Iracki had this to say about the program, (The United States was founded on) "Judeo-Christian values, and we have to be careful about what kind of values our children are being taught."
From the P-G: Dr. Iracki and other newly elected members of the board expressed opposition to the program on the grounds that it is Marxist, anti-Christian, un-American and too costly.
Edwatch is encouraging their followers to bring anti-IB resolutions to the March 7 precinct caucuses.