Senate Hearing on CSCOPE

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Senator Dan Patrick Calls for Senate Hearing to Review CSCOPE.

by Lindsay Weaver 

The curriculum management system known as CSCOPE that has been a source of chagrin for some teachers in Ector County Independent School District will get some face time in the upcoming legislative session, according to a Facebook post on Sen. Dan Patrick of District 7 in east Texas.

Patrick announced that he plans to hold hearings on school safety following the Newtown, Conn., shooting, and on CSCOPE. The computer-based program was introduced to ECISD as a pilot two years ago at a few campuses and spread to all schools in 2011-12.

The change contributed to widespread allegations by ECISD teachers of intimidation by some administrators after some teachers spoke out against CSCOPE.

Patrick said that recent testimony to the State Board of Education “has brought the program center stage over curriculum issues.” He said that he’s not passing judgment, “but I’m also not passing the buck on CSCOPE either.”

“Any system where the Chairman of the State Board can’t get a password to explore their site in detail for six months, requires teachers to sign an agreement that could subject them to criminal penalties, and is not easily transparent to parents, needs to be closely examined by the legislature,” he wrote.

Patrick is calling for transparency and intends to explore that in a hearing once the session resumes in January.

Contact Lindsay Weaver at 432-333-7781 or on Twitter at @OAschools.

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