Is CSCOPE really dead? Or are the ESCs playing possum?

May 20, 2013

Why are the Regional Education Service Centers (at least Reg 10) saying they are taking action to “ensure the long-term viability of CSCOPE” when Wilburn O. Echols, Jr who sent this letter below, and also signed the letter stating they will eliminate the lesson plans. Folks, CSCOPE is more than lesson plans and the rest of it isn’t going away.

ESC’s letter – signed by all 20 center directors – to Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, which was provided at today’s press conference reads “It is our request that language be included that reflect that the TESCCC has fully cooperated with your office, that CSCOPE will be a better product moving forward, and it will continue to operate openly…” without the lesson plans.  Other components of the CSCOPE curriculum management system will change but will still be operated under TESCCC but not as a 501c(3).

What’s up with this?

It appears what the Regional Education Service Centers do not want to be subject to sunset in 2015, when they are scheduled for the review, but want to be pushed back until 2019 which HB 1675 does.   That legislation – sponsored by Rep. Dennis Bonnen and Sen. Robert Nichols – has passed both houses.  It should be vetoed!

Sunset provides an opportunity for the legislature to look at agencies, what their mission is, and how they are accomplishing that mission, and for the legislature to consider whether or not to continue the agency.  If ever an entity was ripe for Sunset, the Regional Education Service Centers are!

They have betrayed the public trust and this should not be allowed.

The following was sent to schools in Region 10:

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Dear Superintendent/Charter School Administrator,

The Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) announces that it is eliminating all current and future lesson development related to CSCOPE. The required 90-day notice outlined in the district user agreement will be honored and an official notice will be supplied to your district following the action of the TESCCC Governing Board at their upcoming meeting on Friday, May 24th. After official action has been taken, additional information will be supplied to your district. The TESCCC feels that this action is in the best interest of school districts and Education Service Centers to ensure the long-term viability of CSCOPE.

Please be assured, all current contractual agreements will be respected, curriculum alignment documents will remain unaltered, and all appropriate notice will be provided to school districts 90-days prior to the date that lessons will be removed from CSCOPE. Additionally, Region 10 will continue to be available to assist with any challenges your district may face due to this change. We want to support you during this transition to ensure that your teachers and staff have the best resources to educate the students of Texas.

Additionally, the TESCCC will be restructuring to help us operate more effectively. This new structure will include school personnel to assist in the management of CSCOPE that helps maintain the success of CSCOPE. One of the first items the new governing structure will discuss is a price reduction to participating school districts, since lessons will no longer be part of CSCOPE.

We would like to thank each of you who spoken out in support of CSCOPE.  We have been touched by your support more than you know and appreciate your continued trust and support. Again, we are still here to provide assistance with any transition issues that you may face.

Sincerely,

Wilburn O. Echols, Jr.

Executive Director

 

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