A group of conservative activists have posted dozens of tests online connected to the controversial CSCOPE lesson plans, which will cost the operating group an estimated $1 million to replace them for teachers who are still using them for this year.
The Texas System of Education Service Centers, the group that developed and manage the CSCOPE lesson plans, has seen at least 30 tests connected from the system show up on two conservative-based websites, one of those is www.redhotconservative.com.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has sent Texas school districts a legal advisory letter reminding them that they must hold public meetings in order to adopt any curriculum provider, including online lesson plan provider CSCOPE.
Williams said his letter is not meant to discourage use of CSCOPE, only to point out the law under SB 1474, which requires a public meeting about a district's choice in curriculum.
Williams said this step creates local control and transparency.
Sparks flew on and off the stage in Tyler, Texas, during the debate about online lesson plan provider CSCOPE between State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff and lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, both Republicans.
On Friday a Burnet County judge will decide if Llano ISD can continue to use the CSCOPE lesson plans for the start of this school year.
The decision could have an effect on what happens in school districts across the state as educators and districts struggle with how to meet state standards for education without a curriculum framework that was tailored to meet those marks.
State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has backed the use of online lesson plan provider CSCOPE from the beginning, but the groups making the push to impeach are not using that as their reason to oust him.
"They allege that because I represent Microsoft as a paid lobbyist at the Texas Legislature that that somehow disqualifies me or gives me a conflict of interest on the State Board of Education," Ratliff said.
Burnet County Judge Dan Mills has ordered a temporary restraining order to stop the use of CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider, in Llano ISD until a further ruling.
Leticia McCasland and Trevor Dupuy, both former Llano ISD School Board candidates who made ending the CSCOPE lesson plans part of their campaigns, filed a lawsuit to end the use of the curriculum provider in Llano ISD.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst praised the judge's order and called a press conference to highlight the temporary dismantling of the controversial online lesson plans.
Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who has announced his candidacy in the lieutenant governor's race, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to add his school voucher bill, campus-carry bill and sanctuary city bill to the third special session agenda along with a full audit of CSCOPE.
CSCOPE -- an online education curriculum provider that was used by 877 school districts in the state -- has ended its services to state school districts following anti-American allegations from conservatives and political pressure led by Patrick.