Debate again thrusts CSCOPE into Texas spotlight

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - CSCOPE was once a little-known collection of online lesson plans designed to help teachers adhere to Texas curriculum requirements.

But tea party activists and some grassroots conservative groups have complained about its lack of transparency and say it promotes liberal bias and anti-American values.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, head of the chamber's powerful Education Committee, helped convince CSCOPE's creators to take down the online lessons at the end of the month. But state education attorneys say they believe school districts may continue to use them.

Patrick will debate State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff on CSCOPE in Tyler on Saturday.

Ratliff defends CSCOPE, saying districts don't have time to build an entire new curriculum before the school year starts. Patrick calls CSCOPE "an ill-conceived program, shrouded in secrecy."

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