Texas Senator Dan Patrick Announces That He Is Going To Hold A Public Hearing on CSCOPE

December 18, 2012 12:11 pm 0 comments

Tex. Sen. Dan Patrick, new chair of the Senate Education Committee, just announced that he is going to hold a public hearing on CSCOPE (and on school safety). He stated:

…There are questions about CSCOPE as it currently exists in many of our districts that need to be addressed. We need total transparency concerning any program that is now in the vast majority of our schools in one form or the other…Any system where the Chairman of the State Board can’t get a password to explore the CSCOPE site in detail for 6 months, requires teachers to sign an agreement that could subject them to criminal penalties, and is not easily transparent to parents, needs to be closely examined by the legislature.

Quotes from Gail Lowe, Texas State Board of Education member

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2012/dec/18/not-an-end-all/

Complaints about CSCOPE made to state board of education members have spiked in the past year, according to SBOE member Gail Lowe, who represents Wichita County…

‘Someone stopped me at a Lampasas football game last month and said she was serving as a long-term substitute in fourth grade,’ Lowe said. ‘She said that week alone, the lessons had grammatical and/or spelling errors on virtually every page, and several answer keys were incorrect.’

The next week, Lowe received an email from a teacher who had lived in Wichita Falls but now taught in a school district near Austin…’I became aware of the worst algebra sequence ever, mathematics errors and omissions, and evidence that the lessons had not been proofread, to say nothing of critiqued or scrutinized. Worst is the examination component. Unit tests have only partial relevance of recent units. Rigging appears to create phony evidence of improvement from one unit to the next.’

She [Gail Lowe] also received complaints about science materials — inaccurate definitions, incomplete instructions on lab activities and poorly written lesson plans.

Note from Donna Garner:

Please click on this link to see if your local school district is on the CSCOPE list. These are the names of district that had bought CSCOPE as of Oct. 2012: http://www.txcscopereview.com/2012/cscope-rotten-apple-award/

Be very concerned if your school district is on the list. We taxpayers still pay the bill. If your school district has chosen to purchase CSCOPE with your tax dollars, you have a right to voice your concern to your local school board.

==================

RESOURCES ON CSCOPE:

12.16.12 – “CSCOPE: System Found Lacking” – by Ann Word — http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2012/dec/16/some-teachers-at-odds-with-cscope/

12.13.12 – “Texas Teaching Allah Is the Almighty God” – by John Griffin, WND — http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/texas-teaching-allah-is-the-almighty-god/?cat_orig=faith

Janice VanCleave regularly updates her CSCOPE website: www.TxCscopeReview.com

Leave a Reply


Trackbacks

Other News

  • Houston A Time To Make Tough Decisions

    A Time To Make Tough Decisions

    On Wednesday, June 18, Houston City Council will consider and vote on the City’s annual budget. Despite our region’s economic boom, the City faces serious fiscal challenges. I’m not one to place blame on how we got to this predicament, but as a City Council member and concerned citizen, I am determined to ensure that the City finally takes specific steps towards a real and viable solution.

    The City’s general fund budget grew by over 7.46% in FY13, 7.18% in FY14, and the Mayor’s budget for this year proposes to increase spending by 8.24%. Furthermore, the Mayor proposes to draw down the City’s “fund balance,” or savings account, by $41 million this year to pay for operating expenses.

    Next year, the Administration forecasts a deficit of $141 million. Even worse, the deficit is scheduled to increase exponentially in subsequent years.

    Read more →
  • Culture Houston Houston Chronicle Editorial Board criticizes Jared Woodfill For Opposing NDO

    Houston Chronicle Editorial Board criticizes Jared Woodfill For Opposing NDO

    In a recent OpEd titled, “Pass the NDO,” the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board criticizes me and others for opposing an Ordinance pushed by Mayor Parker that would allow, among other things, men who identify as women to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Specifically, the Board states, “Perhaps Woodfill and his ilk would like Parker to institute citywide restroom monitors to assuage their fears.” This is preceded by a subtitle that states, “There is little value in spreading hatred about the transgender community.”

    Whenever and wherever sexual politics is involved, labels are employed to shoot down valid questions about the impact of legitimizing certain activities in the public sphere. The latest in this long string of debates involves Mayor Parker’s proposed city ordinance that would allow, among other things, men who claim to identify as women to use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and other gender-specific facilities.

    Read more →
  • Houston Mayor Parker’s Compromise Makes Sexual Predator Protection Act Worse!

    Mayor Parker’s Compromise Makes Sexual Predator Protection Act Worse!

    After hearing from tens of thousands of Houstonians opposed to Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act, the Mayor recently claimed she was removing the “Bathroom Language” (Section 17-51(b)) which allowed gender confused individuals to utilize the bathroom associated with their gender identity/preference or expression regardless of their biological sex. The Mayor claims she is compromising on her original position. Unfortunately, Mayor Parker’s personal, social agenda dominates her decision making and one must study the language of the Ordinance to appreciate the deceptiveness of the alleged compromise. The Mayor’s “compromise” actually makes the Ordinance more egregious and dangerous to our families.

    Read more →
  • Houston Stop Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act

    Stop Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act

    Last week, the Houston City Council “tagged” (delaying the vote for one week) a vote on Mayor Annise Parker’s ordinance that elevates sexual preference, same sex marriage, and gender confusion to legally protected status. Over ten amendments were presented and tagged.

    It is time for conservative business leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and individuals to take a stand against the personal agenda Mayor Parker is attempting to force upon businesses, churches and religious organizations. It is important for council members to know that we oppose Mayor Parker’s ordinance. It is critical that you continue calling, emailing and faxing city council members. Please forward this email letter to your family, friends, neighbors and business associates and ask them to let their voices be heard.

    Read more →
  • Houston Pastors Stand Against Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act!

    Pastors Stand Against Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act!

    Many Pastors across Harris County are standing against Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act. Below is a video and letters sent by two well known Pastors, Dr. Ed Young (Second Baptist Church-Houston) and Pastor Steve Riggle (Grace Community Church). Please join these Pastors and thousands of others in opposing Mayor Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act.

    Message from Pastor Steve Riggle, Grace Community Church:

    In the last couple of weeks we have talked about a proposed ordinance in the city that will protect sexual predators and discriminate against Christian service providers.

    We are asking everyone to watch this video for more information:

    Read more →