Do not charge for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program
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The International Baccalaureate program in TDSB is a rigorous program open to all students. On June 19, 2013, the trustees of the Toronto District School Board will vote on whether to charge $1,200 to $1,500 for students interested in participating in the IB programs offered in six Toronto schools.
The IB program is an internationally acclaimed program. Since its inception, it has been free of charge for all participating students in the TDSB and we, the graduating students of Victoria Park CI, would like to keep it that way.
In Toronto, there are many schools who do charge tuition fee for those in the IB program. As a result of having subsidies for the IB program at TDSB schools, students from low-income families who may have otherwise shielded away from applying/continuing the program have the opportunity to work towards the diploma. This money is invested in the future of these students, so that money does not become an obstacle for those wanting to go into IB.
To prevent elitism and the theft of opportunities, we do not believe that the IB program should have an entrance fee. Other programs such as TOPS, French immersion, Gifted and CyberArts also require extensive funding as all education does. As students promised free education, we feel this fee punishes initiative and achievement.
Please support this petition in hopes of sustaining equal opportunities in our diverse city.
“Pierre Trudeau dreamed of a society that afforded all of its citizens an equal opportunity to succeed in life – whatever their background or beliefs, whether rich or poor” – Jean Chretien.
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