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Senator Dan Patricks CSCOPE UPDATE SESSION DAY 9 JOURNAL
As I have previously written here, I plan to have a hearing on CSCOPE as one of my first education hearings.
I visited with some CSCOPE folks today.
I am hopeful that before the hearing in a few weeks they will already have addressed and resolved two issues:
1. Total transparency for parents to view the curriculum
2. Removing language that subjects teachers to possible criminal penalties if they violate the contracts they sign with CSCOPE
I have made it clear that we will not accept teachers being subjected to criminal penalties in these contracts and parents not to have easy access to the curriculum.
Once again it is my hope they will come to the hearing with these issues resolved in advance. There is more to discuss, but these two issues should be resolved sooner than later.
The following letter has been sent to Senator Dan Patrick, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee via Donna Garner
To Senator Dan Patrick
Dan, we are very grateful for your concerns over CSCOPE; and we look forward to your letting us know in the next several weeks when the Senate Education Committee will have its public hearing. Also, thank you for keeping us in the loop by posting on Facebook (FB message posted at the bottom of this page).
Question: Why should only “parents” be allowed to see the instructional materials? After all, I am not a parent (a grandparent of five but not a parent), but I certainly pay taxes that pay for CSCOPE’s products? Because I pay taxes, I certainly have the right to see public school children’s textbooks…why not CSCOPE? I, in essence, pay CSCOPE staffers’ salaries and should have full access to their instructional materials 24/7 (except for testing materials that need to be kept secure) since the instructional materials impact the 5 million Texas public school children around me.
Also, even if “parents” get to see the CSCOPE materials, what guarantee is there that they can trust the materials will not be changed “with the click of a mouse”?
Also, how can parents trust that the materials are aligned with the new TEKS and STAAR/EOC’s?
How can parents feel confident that the materials are not filled with factual errors since they have undergone no public hearings nor the SBOE adoption process?
If the Legislature does not go far enough in fixing the situation, then not much will have been gained from all of our efforts. I can tell you as someone who is highly involved with a large network of grassroots citizens that the public will not be satisfied with a “sham” hearing; we have seen too many of those in Congress. The education establishment spends lots of time in learning how to play their PR tricks on the public only to go right back to doing the “same old, same old” when people’s backs are turned.
People across Texas are asking questions about CSCOPE and are wanting some real answers.