Funding has been cut for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes, teachers were told at at least one Philadelphia high school today, according to a source who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak about the matter. According to the source, students who were registered for AP classes will not be eligible to take AP exams offered by the College Board, which means they'll miss the chance for college credit. "Most of our students do not have the money/resources to pay for these exams themselves, thus this slams another door in their faces," he says.
Likewise, funding to pay for IB registration fees for the schools is gone, as is money for students' test fees. The IB program runs through junior and senior years, and allows students who pass enough subject-area exams to attain a special IB diploma that enables them to claim college credits at many institutions.
The Philadelphia School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment. When we hear more, we'll update.
UPDATE: An IB coordinator from another school also confirms this report. The coordinator tells us by email: "I have been recently informed that there is no money for accelerated learning, but that it remains a top priority. And it's not just exam fees. Teachers have been rostered to teach these classes, but have not been trained according to the CollegeBoard & IB requirements."
We've also heard from another teacher who is in the second year of teaching IB classes. Teachers are required to be trained within the first two years of teaching IB courses.
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