ESCs Exposed: Part 6 Systemic Neglect

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Systemic Neglect

Systemic –Refers to an entire system.

Systemic Neglect in reference to the Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs) means no one is monitoring the 20 ESCs and there are no real monitors over the individual ESCs.

Q. Who is suppose to oversee the 20 Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs)?

A. The Texas Education Commissioner of Education. The present commissioner, Michael Williams and the last commissioner, Robert Scott, support the ESCs and have allowed the ESCs to basically govern themselves.

Q. Who is suppose to oversee each individual Education Service Center?

A. Each ESC has an Executive Director and a board of trustees with a rubber stamp to approve the desires of the Executive Director.

Q. Why is the staff of each ESC so large?

A. There is no reason for having the outrageously large staffs. Much of the money to pay the excessively large salaries for the executive directors and multiple directors, consultants, etc….. come from sales of product to schools within each of the 20 regions. Most if not all of the executive directors are retired public school directors. The ESCs have become the retirement home for superintendents and other school personnel. Once employed by an ESC certification and/or qualification  for specific jobs is no longer considered. Advancement in some ESCs depends more on who you know than what you know.

Q. Why are the travel expenses for ESC personnel so high?

A. Because there are no checks and balances for who attends conferences or if the content is ever used. Its more expensive, but fun for a group to travel out of state than to have a representative to come and present a program at the ESC.

Q. What are the goals of the ESCs?

A. The 20 ESCs were established to support school districts within a specific region of Texas. While this may have happened in the past, the present goals of the ESCs appears to be more monetary in nature.

ESCs are selling products outside their region. In fact, some if not all the ESCs are selling products to school districts, private schools, and charter schools across the state. The original goal of having 20 separate ESCs was to provide personal service designed to fit the needs of schools within a specific region. With the introduction of CSCOPE –the one-size-fits all instructional program– the ESCs became vendors with a product sold across the state. CSCOPE ended the idea that Texas school districts need regional services.
The ESCs proved with their own product, CSCOPE, that the regional service centers are no longer needed. In fact, the ESCs promote the idea that all schools across the state should be using the same instructional materials, using the same schedule so that kids can move from one school to another across the state and basically be on the same page at their new school.
The ESCs have become vendors competing against each other. As to workshops—- what percent of teachers are allowed to attend workshops? The state is supported large basically empty Educational Service Center Facilities that are used more for staff to do walking exercise in than to provide educational service to educators.
Q. Is the ESC personnel qualified to provide training for educators?
A. From teacher input, the answer is that not all ESC consultants and teacher trainers are neither certified nor qualified to provide teacher training. Yet, the state legislature continues to pour money into these 20 different unqualified agencies and the quality of Texas education continues to decline.
After taking the online Chemistry training course from ESC 13, I understand why science teachers trained via ESCs have so little knowledge of science. Now the ESCs will be training the Pre-K teachers.
How can teachers become outstanding educators when they are being forced to use materials written by unqualified ESC personnel; forced to used a yearly schedule designed by unqualified ESC personnel; forced to use test questions designed  by unqualified ESC personnel?
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