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Flyer Raises Questions Over District's Academic Plans

Residents want more information on Hauppauge's application to become part of International Baccalaureate program.

Hauppauge residents attended Tuesday’s Board of Education searching for guidance on the future direction of the district’s academics.

Hauppauge Board of Education members faces a multitude of questions from residents who received an anonymous flier emblazoned with district’s logo that spoke against the school’s two-year application to the International Baccalaureate program. 

The flyer distributed primarily in the Pines Elementary School section of district included claims that the IB program would cost Hauppauge Union-Free School District thousands of dollars each year and class credits would only be accepted at European universities. It also cited “hidden agendas and under the table deals are notorious in our district.”

“I am extremely proud of this community. I do not see a room of people here screaming at us because they are upset about this flyer. There is a difference between rumor and research,” said Trustee Susan Hodosky.  

Despite a Question-and-Answer response letter by Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, concerns lingered on the program’s academic quality in comparison to the more widely known Advanced Placement system and its costs.

Board President Ann Macaluso said district trustees have been investigating switching to the IB program as far back as 2003, researching and meeting with other Long Island high schools. Others with the IB program include nearby Northport, Commack and West Islip in addition to Locust Valley, Long Beach, Rockville Centre and Bay Shore.

The IB program would offer a two-year interdisciplinary study of six core subjects: English, a foreign language, science, math, social students and the arts. To receive an IB diploma, students would need to complete a comprehensive research paper and community service requirements.

Macaluso has undertaken personal research to determine if the IB program is suited for Hauppauge, including corresponding with several high schools and top-ranked national colleges opinion of IB in relation to AP.

“We do not prefer one over the other, but IB seems more advantageous for the student and allow them to enter with more credits than AP,” Macaluso read from Boston University letter.

Other college Macaluso corresponded with included University of Rochester of New York, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, and New York University.

If Hauppauge is accepted as an IB school, as early as this fall, the district plans to phase out the existing AP program with the exception of one or two areas where IB does not offer courses, according to assistant superintendent James Stucchio.  

The estimated cost of retraining Haupauge teachers will cost $43,000 over three years with an ongoing fee of $9,500 a year for the program. Stucchio said it will not exceed the district’s budget for training or testing. 

Concerns were voiced over how the district will handle beginning this new program this with impending budget cuts based on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget. How the school's transition would occur are in the final planning stages. 

“We will continue to do our research. We will and will continue to ask for input from the community,” Hodosky said.

School officials will host an information session on the IB program on March 7 at 8 p.m. at the Hauppauge Middle School for those concerned and with remaining questions.  

Sara Walsh February 19, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Posted by request of Cindy A. who e-mailed Patch after technical difficulties posting: "Those residents who received a flier, which btw was placed illegally in my mailbox - should investigate the issue thoroughly and with an open mind. The flier has no author, which I find extremely questionable. Why wouldn't you want to take responsibility for passing along supposedly valid information to your neighbors? The previous commenter admits she is not a resident of our community -- why is she so adamant? The "movement" against the idea is ideological, cloaked in economic language. Educate yourselves. Do you see the responses from the people above? NONE OF THESE FOLKS ARE FROM OUR COMMUNITY, STATE OR COUNTRY!!!!!! Now it is a discussion to de-fund the United Nations. If you are going to make a decision, get the facts from unbiased sources and be responsible about it. "
Lisa McLoughlin February 20, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Dear Cindy A., Actually, I am a fellow Long Islander and resident of the Locust Valley School District. Master Sergeant Ronnie White is not a New Yorker, but he most certainly is a fellow American and is currently the Jr. ROTC instructor in his district in MO which is embroiled in IB controversy. Ann Marie B. is from NH, which last time I checked, is still part of the U.S. and is the fine lady speaking in the You Tube video she linked. As I said, I don't know who distributed the anti-IB flier in your area, nor have I seen it. I wish this article included a copy of it so I could check for misinformation. You are correct, fliers without postage should never be placed in anyone's mailbox. That said, I can understand an individual's desire to remain anonymous and even their fear of taking an anti-IB stand. In Upper St. Clair, PA, the duly elected Board Trustees who voted IB out were sued by the ACLU on behalf of IB supporters. Police had to be called to the meetings. Board trustees received death threats. Their mailboxes were bashed, their children harassed .... all because they voted out IB. As the administrator of Truth About IB, I can tell you I received hundreds of hateful e-mails following the publication of my website in an article, even though I was not personally named: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/education/03baccalaureate.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1 And yes, that is the same Ann Marie. It's not easy fighting the NWO. ;-)
Lisa McLoughlin February 20, 2011 at 01:23 AM
I would also like to reach out to whoever did distribute the flier to please contact me at info@truthaboutib.com to become a part of our nationwide network of parents, teachers and taxpayers dealing with the IB issue in their public schools.
IB BEEN THERE, AND I GOT A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH February 20, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Dear Cind A., We left the New York area and Long Island was as a result of high taxation. Thankfully, schools that are not teaching the IB trash, they still believe that New York, specifically, Long Island is part of the United States...so is Florida... a state that usually is neck and neck with California for the most IB programs. Don't be afraid of the truth...be afraid of the slick IB sales people...we don't need to take our info from Wikipedia to make tests...we don't need to plagarize a speech...both of which is has been done by the IB program and executives....we can usuallyuncover the paid,yes, I said paid contributors by the IBO to these type of forums to invalidate the truth....they show up with a grand entrance but they are quickly exposed to those of us who know their playbook. I enter my two cents into these forums so that others may not suffer the indignation my family has at the hands of the IBO, et al. My son has initiated a Federal investigation by the US Department of Education regarding the administration of the IB program and the IB Coordinator who did not follow ADA Regulations.....as mandated by US law...he was not given the accommodations that the IBO had already agreed to and they had put in writing...some have been burned in the pocketbook, our family on the other hand has walked through the fire, been burned and we will continue to tell others..we must....the truth will set you free...be open to those who have nothing to gain...those of us who care.
gene birkeland February 20, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Yes, I am also not a resident of NY, but as an American I am concerned about the future citizens of our country -- that they should not be subjected to Pavlovian mind-conditioning in the public schools to turn them into world citizens which has been the goal from the very beginning. Now I find the IB program being introduced into this very small town in the West where I live and being deceptively represented. Many years ago I was the Secretary to the Emergency Committee Against UNESCO in LA Schools, but the problem was the program was an attitude which was incorporated into textbooks and still does, but that was when disparagement of our nation's founding documents began and continues. And IB's parents discuss getting rid of nationalism in favor of internationalism, ergo, no more Washington's birthday remembrance for just one thing. Memorializing Earth Day, etc. Carried to its fullest extent the schools will produce brain dead global citizens. Gene Birkeland, AZ

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