Stop SD34 from restricting high schools from subsidizing AP exams

Stop SD34 from restricting high schools from subsidizing AP exams

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Hailey � started this petition to Abbotsford School District and

I am writing on behalf of myself, a Grade 12 student at Robert Bateman Secondary School, as well as all students involved in the AP and Pre-AP program. I am incredibly disheartened to hear that the district has planned on forcing schools to charge students for the AP exams in the upcoming school year, when they have been previously subsidized. This is an incredibly classist and exclusionary move that is being made by the district and it needs to be addressed. Robert Bateman Secondary has offered four Advanced Placement courses, with the exams for such costing upwards of $520.00. This is not an accessible price range for most students, even those who would not be deemed as needing financial aid. While there has been news of schools offering financial aid to those families in need, the threshold for such need is not adequate as there are many families that would still not be able to afford the exams.
Even with financial aid, families with multiple children have often been offered financial aid for one child instead of all of them. This does not allow for an equitable access to education or opportunities in the education system and it is incredibly discouraging to hear this coming from a district that claims to be inclusive. It is not. This move is incredibly classist and it is shocking to hear that this is still a problem in the system.
The majority of schools that have offered AP classes (Yale Secondary, Robert Bateman Secondary) have fully subsidized them. The only school that has previously charged students for exams is Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School and still the students were only expected to pay for 50% of the full price. With this in mind, how was the solution to finding ‘equitable’ access to opportunities making students pay for 100% of the exam?

cost? A) That is not equitable (that would be charging students an equal percentage of expendable income) and B) The simpler solution that would allow better access would be to find funding to subsidize the 50% that ATSS students were expected to pay.

This is a decision that directly impacts the student population and their families more than anyone else, and we should have been consulted when making this decision. I would hope that future decisions that play such an integral role in the educational access of students would be brought across the students, families, and teachers who have the proper and personal insight on the topic.


By signing this petition you agree that the families, staff, and students of SD34 should have been consulted with and goes against the equality that the district prides itself in. 

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