COPY-Parents push for International Baccalaureate

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Big crowds are expected at the Charlotte Mecklenburg School board meeting Tuesday night.

The new board members will be sworn in, and they will be immediately faced with deciding whether to reverse a decision by the outgoing board. It has to do with shrinking the Myers Park High School's International Baccalaureate program.

The I.B. program is an accelerated learning system that gives students courses in math, English and science. The classes are college level. CMS says many graduates are able to place out of freshman requirements when they get to college.

The current school board voted last month to move about 400 I.B. students from Myers Park to either East Mecklenburg or Harding University High Schools. International Baccalaureate students who live in the Myers Park district will still attend Myers Park. Students who do not live in the Myers Park district will be moved.

A group of parents will likely attend Tuesday night's meeting to pressure the new board to reverse the decision. The meeting is open to the public and starts at six in the Government Center on E. 4th St.