March 11, 2013
SBOE panel to review CSCOPE
Concerns have been raised by parents and educators about the CSCOPE curriculum management system. CSCOPE was created by 19 regional education service centers and is now used by more than 800 public school districts and private schools in Texas. The system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, in response to growing public concern, legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content.
TEA is misleading the public about the CSCOPE lessons. Actually, the TEA statement below is a bald face lie:
The system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, in response to growing public concern, legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content.
CSCOPE is a product being sold to Texas School Districts.
CSCOPE is being used in lieu of textbooks in some school districts.
CSCOPE was created by the Texas Education Service Centers who as their name implies were created to provide a service to Texas schools. In 2005 the tax paid employees of these centers created CSCOPE, then created a company and transferred CSCOPE ownership to this company, called TESCCC,inc. The attorney general is investigating this as well as other illegal action.
CSCOPE Lessons are part of a product being sold to schools. The ESC directors found loop holes in education codes that allowed them circumvent the state board of education’s review. The senators have bills in process to close these loop holes.
TEA knows this. TEA know that the CSCOPE lessons are not like classroom teacher lessons. Has TEA been working with the ESCs to implement CSCOPE in our schools?
Maybe TEA needs to be evaluated.
As a result, SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill has appointed an ad hoc committee to include SBOE members: Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo; Mavis Knight, D-Dallas; Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; Tom Maynard, R-Florence.
Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; –Pat spoke out at the SBOE meeting about CSCOPE and praised this product. Said the assessments were comparable to the STAAR questions which she evaluated. What is the chance that Pat Hardy is going to give an objective evaluation of CSCOPE.
Tom Maynard, R-Florence.–Tom is my board representative. I voted for him and encouraged other to do so. First thing Tom does is bond with Thomas Ratliff, who has been ruled to be an illegal member on the State Board of Education. This is because he is a lobbyist for Microsoft. Ratliff has made multiple public statements in support of CSCOPE. Why? CSCOPE is an online program and microsoft produces computer programs.
She (Barbara Cargill) has also named three members of the CSCOPE governing board to the committee: John Bass, Region 16 in Amarillo, Clyde Steelman, Region 11 in Fort Worth and Elizabeth Abernethy, Region 7 in Kilgore. Marty Rowley will chair the committee.
This has been said to be like allowing a person accused of murder to be a member of the jury.
The first organizational meeting will occur in late March. All meetings will be posted as open to the public.
The chair’s ad hoc committee will appoint review panels to examine the CSCOPE instructional content, beginning with social studies. A public process will solicit nominations for the review panels which will be composed of parents, educators, curriculum specialists, business professionals and other stakeholders.
It doesn’t really matter what this group discovers. The owners of CSCOPE have the option of making changes or not. What is the point of this other than to make the public think that something is really being done.
All this is doing is costing the tax payers more money and nothing is going to happen.
Results of the review will be given to the CSCOPE governing board for its consideration. As the review is voluntarily and non-binding, it will be up to the CSCOPE governing board to decide whether to take any actions based on the results.
“I believe this process will be of great benefit to everyone involved, especially the students, parents, teachers and citizens of Texas,” Cargill said. “I thank concerned citizens for bringing this issue to light. All instructional materials must be easily accessible to parents, not only to reinforce learning at home but also to assure that quality, error-free content is taught in our classrooms.”
TEA has used Ms. Cargill’s statement to another event. It has already been pointed out that the CSCOPE directors have not abided by the Sweeping Changes they agreed to. No parents do not have access to the CSCOPE lessons and according to Wade Lebay, the state CSCOPE director, they never will.
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