Today, Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick announced an end to the controversial CSCOPE curriculum.
In a press conference today at the Capitol, Sen. Patrick said all 20 members of the CSCOPE Board (the Texas Regional Service Center Directors) signed a letter stating they will notify their 875 school district and individual school clients that they cannot use any lesson plans beyond August 31, 2013.
“I am pleased that CSCOPE Board has made the decision to get out of the lesson plan business,” said Sen. Patrick
Peggy Venable, Texas Director of Americans for Prosperity, has issued the following statement:
“This is a tremendous victory for Texas parents, students and taxpayers as well as the many teachers who were forced to use CSCOPE.
“CSCOPE curriculum content was controversial, but our biggest issue was with the action the Regional Education Service Centers (ESC’s) took to cloak the CSCOPE project in secrecy. ESC’s created a non-profit shell corporation (TESCCC – Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative) which had no employees, no money and no address, but was used as a shield for ESC staff to claim they were not subject to open records or open meetings.
“The Regional Education Service Centers may have agreed to end CSCOPE knowing that they were under intense scrutiny by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott; Lt Gov David Dewhurst was asking for a state audit; and legislative leaders including Senators Patrick, Donna Campbell and Rep. Steve Toth were intent on going through financials and lesson plans and making it all public.
“While we are pleased CSCOPE is going to be gone, parents need to be vigilant in working with their local school boards to make sure they have access to their children’s curriculum and the legislature needs to further address how online curriculum and lesson plans may be reviewed in the future.
“We at Americans for Prosperity pursue transparency in all government transactions. We also want American Exceptionalism to be taught in our schools, and we reject Common Core Standards. We believe CSCOPE followed the Common Core Standards which Texas has rejected.
“The Regional Education Service Centers further betrayed the public trust recently by suggesting teachers should pull down the lesson plans they like because they may not have access to them in the future.
“We hope this ends CSCOPE, but understand some former Texas superintendents and former ESC employees have created their own consulting firms to sell curriculum. This curriculum must be subject to public review. ”
# # #