Friday, February 11, 2013 Contact: Amy Lane, Chief of Staff
For Immediate Release 512.463.0797
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE TOTH FILES OPEN RECORDS REQUEST
FOR CSCOPE’ S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Austin, TX – On Thursday, February 7, 2013, Texas Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) filed an Open Records request to retain the financial statements and meeting minutes of the CSCOPE board of directors.
After reviewing what CSCOPE has been teaching our Texas children, House and Senate Members have serious concerns about the organization. Due to taxpayer money being used to assist in the development of this organization, Representative Toth would like to review financial statements to ensure there is accountability.
It has also been brought to the public’s attention that CSCOPE has plagiarized some of its curriculum from textbooks and publishing companies. “There are criminal acts of omission and criminal acts of commission, plagiarism is an act of commission. It was done intentionally. This is a blatant, willful act of using copy written material. Teachers can’t access CSCOPE unless they sign a non-disclosure agreement. If they disobey, it can lead to prosecution or termination. CSCOPE insists that it is to ensure the online curriculum is secure and ironically to discourage copyright infringement.”
Representative Toth continued, “The idea of having an on-line learning curriculum could be a great tool for our teachers. Instead, The Texas Education Service Centers who created CSCOPE have given our children a product that carries no oversight, no transparency, no accountability and to make things worse contains plagiarized content opening our State and school districts who use it to litigation. CSCOPE has shown by their decisions and policies questionable ethics and brings into question what role, if any, they should have in teaching America’s next generation. It is for this reason, I have filed HB 760 the ‘CSCOPE Transparency Act’. My intention is not to do away with e-learning tools. HB 760 identifies the concerns of parents and teachers by providing oversight of the fast-paced e-learning methods of tomorrow.”
Many of Representative Toth’s constituents have a growing concern over the lack of accountability for the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, also known as CSCOPE. Parents from all around Texas are demanding a change. HB 760 would ensure that e-learning or on-line curriculums used in public schools would fall under the oversight and approval of the State Board of Education.
Steve Toth is State Representative for District 15, which includes The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Imperial Oaks, Oak Ridge North and Benders Landing along with some of the surrounding areas. He lives and works in District 15 and is establishing a House District 15 Office in Alden Bridge near the corner of Research Forest and Kuykendahl.