California Recognition and Legislation for IB schools

A conversation among California representatives at the Washington DC School Heads conference agreed on the need for an organization to promote IB within the state and serve as communications link between schools.

First CIBO By-Laws were drawn up and officers elected. CIBO began working towards recognition/ equality with AP scores in state schools.

AB 2363 (Honda) granted $25,000 to IB schools each year for professional training. $15,000 to applicant schools.

It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a system of appropriate incentives to encourage high schools to offer the intensive, rigorous course of instruction leading to International Baccalaureate Diplomas and to encourage pupils in these schools to enroll in, attempt, and pass the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma course of study and the rigorous examinations leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

AB 842 (Diaz) included middle schools establishing a MYP program. Greater flexibility added test fees for low and middle income students. Statutory cost-of-living adjustment.

n.b. COLA had been requested in 2000, but was vetoed by the Governor, in part because of unused AB23632 funds. Despite severe budget constraints one year later, all was unanimously approved in legislative committees, in house votes, and signed by Governor.

(Jan) Funds for IB schools were included in the Governor’s ’02-03 budget, including COLA, but the budget was not adjusted to reflect the actual number of schools now in the program and the new funding needed for middle schools.

Lobbyist office worked with the California Department of Education to project the amount needed to fund all IB schools. Advocacy strategy was devised.

Secretary of Education’s office granted approval for state funds to be used for IB travel (to conferences and teacher training workshops) outside the US.

CIBO sponsored legislation, AB 481 (Diaz), to achieve the following goals:

The clarification of MYP schools versus MYP programs (which include several schools)
IB Exam Fee Reimbursement for low and middle income students
Funding for all IB schools
The conversion of the funding allocation process of the IB program from a grant award to a fiscal administration process.

Due to concerns related to the state’s ongoing deficit funding, measure was not signed into law.

Despite the state’s continued deficits, the IB program received a COLA, over $1 million in program funding, and avoided inclusion into several block granting or finding consolidations proposals.

Rather than sponsor legislation, CIBO decided to focus on the state budget and the goal of obtaining funding for all unfunded and underfunded IB schools. Funding for this purpose was successfully included in the Assembly version of the budget, but was eliminated in the final negotiations with the Governor. The final budget continued funding for IB grants with a 4.23% COLA.

This was a defensive year for IB programs, as there were numerous proposals to consolidate or “block grant” various categorical programs. CIBO successfully defended the IB grant program from those efforts. The final budget continued IB funding with a 5.92% COLA.

CIBO sponsored legislation, AB 556 (Huff), to achieve the following:

Remove obsolete sections of the Education Code that had rendered some IB programs ineligible to receive the full IB grant amount

Appropriate $541,860 to equalize funding for all IB programs by bringing the grant amounts for underfunded and unfunded schools up to the current full grant amount.

Due to a budget shortfall faced by the state, the bill was amended to remove the appropriation. The version of the bill that was signed into law takes the first step of removing statutory barriers to make equitable funding possible if money is made available in future years to cover the full grant for unfunded and underfunded programs.

CIBO hosted its first legislative information session in the capitol, which was attended by education consultants from the Governor’s fiscal office and both houses of the legislature. The remainder of the year has been devoted to protecting the IB grant program and the IB/AP test fee reimbursement program from across-the-board cuts to categorical programs and categorical flexibility proposals that would allow IB grant program funds to be used for other purposes.

Peter Birdsall, Executive Director for School Innovations and Advocacy, was hired several years ago to write CIBO bills, locate sponsors, and shepherd the bills through the legislative process; which included working with the CIBO Legislative Committee, devising strategies for advocacy, and encouraging personal contact by individual schools with their legislators. In 2007, Pam Bachilla joined School Innovations and Advocacy as an additional advocate for CIBO. Based in Sacramento across the street from the State Capitol, his office has kept up contact with members of the legislative education committees and also with key players in the Governor’s office and the State Department of Education. Working through the CIBO Committee, the CIBO Office, and attending general meetings of CIBO; Peter and Pam have kept the membership informed of developments.

Lobbyist fees for the current year: $14,000. These fees are paid out of annual dues @$450 for public high schools, $100 for private, MYP & PYP schools.

Legislative Committee
Chaired by the former Principal of Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, the committee has met regularly with the lobbyist, surveyed the membership as to priorities re new legislation, set up a newsgroup to communicate regularly with members. Until 2002, the chairman and other members of the committee were not necessarily Board members, but currently the chairman fills a Board slot reserved for an administration representative.

The University of California system, after long and arduous efforts spearheaded by Director of Undergraduate Admissions Carla Ferri, in spring of ’01 approved credit of 30 quarter credits for full Diploma of 30 or more points (regardless of individual exam scores), maintaining credits for non-Diploma students with HL scores of 5 and above.

A letter from UC dated June 2002 restricted honors credit in GPA calculation to HL courses only. (Whereas it is given to all AP courses.) This continues to be reflected on the UC website: (search for “IB”and pull up list.) This problem was taken to the Faculty Senate, which requested the SL course guides and has given consideration to some of these courses.

CIBO hosted a University Recognition Day at Stanford University in June 2001. Another such event is being planned on a university campus for late spring/ early summer of 2005.

California State University at Monterey Bay has recognized CIBO’s Asilomar Teacher Training Workshops by awarding attending teachers 2 CEU credits.

University Recognition Committee
Chaired by the Vice Principal of Charter Oak High School, this committee is in regular contact with UC representatives at the central admissions office and has established a CIBO committee with individuals assigned to work directly with individual UC campuses. The committee plans to expand this activity to work with CSU institutions.

IBNA has appointed an official to work region-wide on University liaison and recognition. This person is devoting considerable attention to California issues and works closely with the Committee.

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