Venable: CSCOPE is a classic lesson in secrecy
BY PEGGY VENABLE – SPECIAL TO THE AMERICAN-STATESMAN
CSCOPE. It’s not a mouthwash or a medical procedure. It’s a controversial series of lesson plans in many Texas schools. As is the case with any good scandal, its story is one of secrecy, betrayal, backroom deals and — of course — money.
CSCOPE was sold by the Regional Education Service Centers to more than 850 Texas public, private and charter schools. The controversy surrounding it started with the content itself, including a lesson plan asking students if participants in the historic Boston Tea Party were participating in a terrorist activity.
Venable is Texas director of Americans for Prosperity.americansforprosperity.org/texas