AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Looks like CSCOPE may not be dead after all.
In May, the curriculum system designed to help teachers adhere to state educational requirements was trumpeted as disbanded by conservative activists who claimed it promoted anti-American values.
But the Texas Education Agency's general counsel suggested Wednesday to the State Board of Education that the CSCOPE system is now in the public domain.
That means its lesson plans and exams can be used in any districts where their school boards authorize it.
The revaluation could rescue many districts that had relied on CSCOPE but were now scrambling to build new alternative curriculums in the few weeks that remain before students return to school.
But it's sure to enrage CSCOPE critics who thought the system was going away for good.
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