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School Board Targets IB Program

The International Baccalaureate program is back in the cross-hairs in the Coeur d'Alene School District. School board members met Monday for a workshop focused on the performance of students enrolled in the district's two advanced learning courses offered to high school students: IB at Lake City and Advanced Placement at Coeur d'Alene High. Educators from each of the schools - Lake City IB coordinator and English teacher Andrea Partington and CHS Principal Warren Olson and AP Chemistry teacher Erik Karns - were present to answer trustees' questions about the programs. Many of the board members' queries and comments pointed to dissatisfaction with the IB program's results, primarily that just 54 students were enrolled in at least one IB class at Lake City during the last school year. "My concern is, is it worth having the program?" said Trustee Jim Purtee/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Given the current makeup of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, do you really think the International Baccauleate program has a snowball's chance in Hades of surviving?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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