CHARLOTTE, NC-Long hours, rigorous work, and the pay off could be skipping college classes. Now parents whose kids are raising the bar academically will have to pay. Kids in International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes have to pay hundreds of dollars in new fees, in less than a month.
Parents say they have yet to receive official notice from CMS. Dawn Dworak has two daughters in CMS IB programs, one in middle, and one in high school. She's upset with the added fees but that's not her biggest concern. "I thought we weren't given a lot of time, I still have yet to receive an official notification, to explain this."
She says the fees, in her case, totalling more than $800, are due in less than a month. "We should have been given ample time to come up with hundreds of dollars for our kids to stay in a program they've already been in."
CMS added the extra fees to save money in this year's budget about $1.4 million.
If a student can receive free and reduced lunch and is considered economically disadvantaged then that student can get help from the state to pay for the tests, but others are stuck paying around $140 for the IB program and then close to $100 per exam.
Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman says "Hopefully they'll view the investment as a positive one because they'll be able to transfer that in most cases to college credit that they won't have to pay later."