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BREAKING: Senator Patrick announces end of 'C-Scope'

BREAKING: Senator Patrick announces end of 'C-Scope'

POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 9:37am

In sudden turn of events the TESCCC Board decides to end CSCOPE lesson plans.

A letter signed by all 20 members of the Board released this morning stated they will notify their 875 school district clients that all lesson plans will be removed from their website on August 31st, 2013 and that districts cannot use any lessons they currently have beyond that date. The August 31st date corresponds to the notice clause in their contracts with their districts. The letter goes on to say that the Regional Service Centers will not produce lesson plans in the future. The 20 Service Centers will return to their original business plan of providing a management tool for teachers to stay on schedule regarding the teaching of the required TEKS. The official vote will take place at an already scheduled Board meeting on Friday, May 24th.

"I'm pleased that the CSCOPE Board has made the decision to get out of the lesson plan business. This is a positive development for students, parents, teachers, and for the Regional Service Centers,' said Senator Patrick. "I want to thank the members of the Senate Education Committee for their months of work on this issue. I also want to thank Attorney General Abbott and his staff in providing valuable assistance in our review of CSCOPE," added Patrick.
"We would like to thank Senator Patrick, Senator Duncan, and members of the Senate and House Education Committees. Their leadership has been invaluable and we look forward to a positive relationship in the future. We believe that this is the best decision moving forward; and allows us to continue to provide high quality services to the more than 1,000, school districts and charter schools in Texas, said Kyle Wargo, Board Member Region 17 Board of Directors and Anne Poplin, Chair, TESCCC.

"We accept the concerns expressed by the leadership of our state regarding segments of the lessons that were perceived as contradictory to the values of our great state. We will therefore eliminate the model lessons offered as examples of what was interpreted as the intent of the standards and focus on moving forward in a positive manner," said Mary Ann Whiteker, Superintendent, Hudson ISD.

"Once the TESCCC officially approves this measure Friday I will notify the SBOE that they do not need to review the 1600 CSCOPE lesson plans," said Patrick. "The CSCOPE era is over. However, what the last several months has proven is that the state will have to create a plan to monitor all on line material in the future so that our schools and classroom remain completely transparent to parents and the legislature knows what is being taught in our classrooms across Texas," added Patrick.

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I have it from a good source that the TESCCC has notified the ESCs (4:00 today) that all portions of C-Scope (not just the lessons) will be discontinued as of Aug. 31, 2013.

Dan Patrick was a sports talk show host out of Houston,Texas. Whoever, or whatever he is, when was the last time ANYONE listened to a classroom teacher??? I have taught for 30+ years. When was the last time a curriculum was discussed on the floor of the legislature? C-Scope was and is a dismal waist of time. It created more work for teachers and less time to teach. Thanks to Dan Patrick or "Joe Schmoe" for putting an end to it!

A perfect example of throwing out the baby with the bath water. Thanks to this decision, millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted. CScope had some problems from the beginning, mistakes were made. However, those problems were already in the process of being corrected! It is/was a great resource for Texas teachers as they struggle to meet the demands of TEKS. We now have to start from square one....what a waste! This was politicized and I am so embarrassed of my Republican party today.

Republican or Democrat, C-scope was NOT the curriculum for "sophie" or for any other kid in America.
I am a 30 + year teacher and did not get involved with the political slant that was the hottest issue about C-scope. I taught it for 3 long, stressful years and knew from "day 1" that this was not a quality document. As teachers, we pointed out the shortcomings of the was incomplete, inaccessable, and incorrect. It's better for "sophie" that we do start over!!!

Patrick is the one who put in CScope in the first place. He and Sandy Kress have been running
the Tx Public Schools the last few years. Kress is an attorney/lobbyist with no background in education. Patrick is some kind of radio show host. Neither one of them have taught school a day in their lives. Kress's children attend private schools that tout the fact that their students don't have to comply with state testing requirements. I am glad CScope is gone. Patrick doesn't know what he's doing

I dont know Dan Patrick or anything about his professional life or personal life.

but I do know CScope is bad for Texas.

THANK GOD it is gone.

Its not about his inability in the selection of his mates; but the brain washing of our children. It is my very strong belief there are a lot more folks who know nothing of the public school's curriculum. Its never been about the children its about the growth of educators; if it was about the children CSCOPE wouldn't be the issue it is!!

The idea that Dan Patrick knows anything about education is hilarious to me.
He's a talk show host. Been married a couple of times. He's incompetent to tell Texas schools anything.

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