State Board of Education

Texas Public Schools
4:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Board Of Education Hears Public Comment On CSCOPE Lessons

State Board of Education public comment hearing.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both sides of the CSCOPE argument spent hours testifying before a State Board of Education Committee on the social studies component of the online lesson plans.

Friday's meeting was to provide CSCOPE schools public input before a 170 member review committee begins looking at the online curriculum and makes necessary edits.

Once an edited version of the lesson plans is complete, CSCOPE will then be renamed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill Resource System.

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State Board Of Education
3:06 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Textbook Reviewers Target Evolution And Climate Change In Biology Books

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The Texas Freedom Network say book review teams for the State Board of Education are pressuring publishing companies to change how climate change and evolution are presented in next year’s biology textbooks.

The SBOE set up several groups to review different textbooks and this week their comments and suggested changes have been made public.

Texas Freedom Network's Executive Director Kathy Miller said they suspected that the review teams would go after evolution and climate change.

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The Source - August 27, 2013
4:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Source: Textbooks In Texas | Non-Discrimination Ordinance Debate Continues

Screen shot from the documentary "The Revisionaries," a film about the State Board of Education's textbook approval process. View the trailer at: http://youtu.be/qoeMm0Tm95M.
Director Scott Thurman

In the first segment:

The process for screening Texas science textbooks has been contentious to say the least. Whether kids should be taught the "other" theories of creation in science textbooks is at the heart of the controversy.  

Professor Michael Soto, a former State Board of Education member, explains how the board operates with reviewers along with documentary filmmaker Scott Thurman, whose documentary "The Revisionaries" took a critical look at the SBOE process a few years ago.

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Texas Public Schools
2:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Issues Reminder About CSCOPE Use

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

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.

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Texas Public Schools
10:39 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Patrick And Ratliff Finally Face Off In CSCOPE Debate

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

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.

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Texas Education
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member

Thomas Ratliff, who represents District 9 on the Texas State Board Of Education.
State of Texas

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.

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State Board Of Education
12:51 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Evolution May Be Questioned In New Texas Textbooks

Screen shot from the documentary "The Revisionaries," a film about the State Board of Education's textbook approval process. View the trailer at: http://youtu.be/qoeMm0Tm95M.
Director Scott Thurman

A political nonprofit has filed a petition with the state alleging that creationists on the State Board of Education are planning to adopt textbooks that discount the theory of evolution.

Creationists believe that everything on Earth and in the universe was created by a supreme being.

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Education
1:54 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Political Pressure Too Much For CSCOPE, Cancels Services In Texas

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

After heated political pressure that included proposed legislation this session, the group running the online lesson provider CSCOPE has canceled their services with the state. 

According to the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, 877 Texas school districts use the online lesson plan known as CSCOPE. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said there have been problems with the content provided in the CSCOPE lesson plans since their introduction:

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Texas Matters
12:11 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Sorting Out Truth And Fiction In The CSCOPE Controversy

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

Is CSCOPE an education resource designed to help struggling school districts? Or is it a vast anti-American conspiracy that uses Texas classrooms to convert children to Islam and communism?

CSCOPE is an online curriculum management resource developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), a group made up of the 20 education service centers in the state. The group develops their curriculum framework through several sources.

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Texas Legislature
3:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Removing Politics From The State Board Of Education

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

A Texas lawmaker his filed a bill that would completely revamp the structure of the State Board of Education.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said she filed House Bill 906 in order to change how the State Board of Education members are elected because of what she calls some "glaring defects."

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