Parents, contact your school district and find out which loops you must jump through to know what is to be taught your children this school year, 2013-2014.
Teachers were allowed to copy and save all the 2013 CSCOPE content before it was removed from the CSCOPE User Website that you school district paid for. The ESC/CSCOPE directors proposed a plan for getting them them out from under the Review Microscope. The plan was that the CSCOPE social studies lessons were not to be reviewed by the State Board of Education. Senator Patrick agreed to this, but Thomas Ratliff moaned until the SBOE started reviewing the lessons. Know that the lessons
posted for parent review and the ones being reviewed by the SBOE are not the same lessons as were
taught to your children in 2012-2013. A comparison of these two sets of lessons are being prepared and will be posted as soon as possible.
Following is the new binding contract that school paying for what is left of the CSCOPE instruction material must sign.
Many anti-CSCOPE activist, including me, have posted the materials considered to be Public Domain. This includes any and all the 2012-2013 CSCOPE Content given to teachers in CSCOPE schools. Thomas Ratliff was instrumental in having this saved material ruled as being Public Domain. After the assessments were published on line, Mason Moses, public relation director for the CSCOPE materials, told the media that the materials were copy righted. Something is wrong with this.
Is Moses saying that the CSCOPE directors gave away the 2012-2013 CSCOPE Content and then turned around and sold the same material to some Texas School district administrators? WOW! The big question is why school administrators are purchasing the outdated materials? It also brings up the question of why these administrators are fighting parents and even the legal system so that they can keep paying for CSCOPE materials that they were allowed to copy and save in Aug. 2013.
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- a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of a right that is allegedly infringed.
Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative
Attention: Wade Labay
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78723
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