I've only just stumbled upon this proposal to get Ozark High School into the International Baccalaureate program:
Big changes are in the works at Ozark High School: Just 30 months from now the district could boast of being the county’s first International Baccalaureate school.
I'm in favor of local control of school programs, but the administration at Ozark is eager to pad their resumes and amp their prestiges by ceding part of their curriculum to an international consortium lauded by the UN and purportedly funded by George Soros.
Aside from the conspiratorial aspects and from the abdictation of duty by the highly compensated professionals at the top of the Ozark High School org chart, there's this:
But Taylor said the excellent education standards and recognition come at a steep cost to the district.
“This is gonna cost some money,” he said. “During the assessment period the district must pay $9,500 a year; then, if we are accepted, there are $10,000 in annual dues. Plus, the district will have to pay for a lot of teacher training and most of the IB sites are not local in places like Florida, California and New York.”
But the board was unfazed by the cost, saying “it was a step in the right direction” for the district.
In the midst of hard economic times, it's good to see that Christian County taxpayers will be expected to shake some more cash out of their pockets to send abroad. So that students can write an essay to learn how to be international. Go to the IBO Web site and bask in how students in Missouri will participate in a diploma programme.
Bungalow Bill has more in his usual link-light style, but he gives you enough keywords to do your own research. If you're in Christian County, you can find who to contact. And he gives the rest of us something else to watch out for.