By Dr. Stan Hartzler 1/8/13
A. Public and professional input replaced
1. No public or TEA scrutiny
2. Phony independent review
B. Control personnel unknown
C. Dangerous realities and possibilities
1. Anti-USA: Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere
2. Religious bias
3. Can be changed without notice, without awareness of school boards
II. Quality: Algebra 1 Example
A. Sequence lacking basic elements, development, cohesion
B. Lesson content piecemeal, poorly explained, undeveloped, devoid of elemental ideas and examples, erroneous at times
C. Worksheet layout inefficient, unclear, poorly punctuated and keyed
D. Exams questions: often poor, some with unidentified variables; verbatim repeats from prior exams, unrelated to unit, unhelpful to teachers
E. Ongoing review (needed for recall and synthesis) is absent.
F. Students discouraged, not engaged, vulnerable to negative culture; group work wasteful; exams blown off;
III. Finances and legality – –
A. Origination: Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), operating subject to Public Information Act, operating as private corporation.
B. Development by paid state employees, paid for by state funds, ownership by private corporation (TESCCC).
C. TESCCC meetings not posted, contrary to Texas law; some meeting minutes kept secret, contrary to Texas law.
D. CSCOPE — TESCCC employees hold taxpayer-funded positions at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 13, doing CSCOPE work on state time.
E. ESC 13 is the fiscal agent for TESCCC.
F. TESCCC in competition with textbook companies.
These publishers – –
- Must meet Texas Proclamation publishing standards;
- Submit products for public and teacher scrutiny/approval;
- Operate without promotion by Education Service Centers;