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    Parents told to pay to see school curriculum

    Controversy over Texas program that described Tea Party as terror escalates

    by John Griffing

    A controversial school curriculum management system in Texas that once included a description of the Boston Tea Party as terror, and has referenced Islamic terrorists as freedom fighters, now has been found to be trying to charge parents hundreds of dollars to see the instructional materials being used by their own children, officials said.

    However, under Texas Education Code Chapter 26, all parents have the undisputed right to see any and all instructional materials used in state classrooms.

    The program is CSCOPE, and Amy Zimmerman, a mother in the Collinsville Independent School District, asked to see the 7th grade CSCOPE science lessons used between September 2012 and May 2013, citing her “parental right” under state law.

    However, instead of the materials, what she got was a letter from an attorney for the district requiring the payment of $770 so see the materials.

    Gerry Miller, an attorney with expertise in education law, said that doesn’t appear to align with the law.

    “Suffice it to say the statute is mandatory because of the use of the word ‘shall,’ it is therefore incumbent on the school to comply with the parent’s request. No provision is made for payment by a parent as a ‘condition precedent’ to obtaining the teaching material,” Miller said.

    “If a school district demands fees, especially exorbitant fees, to review teaching material, such action has the effect of invalidating the statute’s intent,” he said. “I would fully expect a judge to apply the statute as written and order the school to provide the information without charge.”

    Miller also explained an added complication would be that property taxes have been used to support CSCOPE, which has faced heavy criticism by parents, teachers and legislators, culminating in hearings that revealed serious academic deficiencies in the areas of math, science and English, as well as what many critics believe is an agenda-driven bias in social studies content that promotes a negative view of America.

    WND has reported on lessons claiming the Boston Tea Party was a terrorist act, and lessons requiring students to design flags for a new communist country.
    Teachers also have told WND:
    • Lessons are not matched to grade level; a ninth-grade lesson asks students to circle capital letters in a sentence.
    • One social studies lesson teaches that capitalism is obsolete and communism is the best economic system, using a diagram that shows a man climbing a ladder towards communism.
    • A third-grade lesson defines American “equality” as “fair share.” Competing definitions that include “equality under the law” or “equal opportunity” are not discussed.
    • Muhammad is portrayed as a social justice crusader. There is no mention of his marriage to a young girl or his beheading of indigenous population groups.
    • Political parties are taught from what critics claim is a subjective and left-leaning perspective, e.g. Democrats “benefit each individual” while Republicans “favor big business.”
    WND has also recently acquired lessons covering the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, teaching students that “medicine” and “food” are “rights,” and not a matter of personal responsibility.

    Students who do not answer that “medicine” and “food” are “rights” have their answers marked as incorrect, sources report.

    Other controversial lesson content includes a science lesson that instructs students to set things on fire in the middle of class and also lessons that promote anorexia and mercy death, according to Mary Bowen, a curriculum expert and teacher of 30 years who corresponds with WND.

    CSCOPE also has come under fire for its secrecy and lack of transparency, forcing teachers and districts to sign “user agreements” – what whistleblowers say amount to “gag orders.” Teachers are exposed to legal liability if they share lesson content or other class materials with the general public, and threats of termination have been reported by teachers who attempt to engage parents about controversial CSCOPE content.

    One result of legislative hearings was the suggestion for changes in user agreements, but sources have told WND that existing users are not included in any changes; they are only for new groups who want to sign up.

    A CSCOPE program advising on the privacy requirements for the content notes users are required to not allow “unauthorized users to have online access … or gain permanent possession of … content.”
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    February 19, 2013 by Janice 2 Comments
    [IMG]The Men and Women Behind the Marxist/Progressive Texas Curriculum Cscope

    Texas is made up of 20 Education Service Centers. Nineteen of the Texas Education Service Centers (ESC) joined ranks and formed Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) which owns Cscope.
    It has recently been discovered that the TESCCC,inc. was illegally formed by the ESCs.
    Even so, our Texas superintendents stand arm in arm defending CSCOPE.
    For reason’s unknown at the time ESC #4 did not buy into the Collaborative, but has recently joined. Of course they joined prior to the Senate Education Committee hearing on CSCOPE. They may now wish they had done more investigating before investing. But then, even though the senate hearing revealed that CSCOPE, as Senator Patrick said, “Is a Mess.” “If it were an airplane it would be grounded.” But since CSCOPE is in our public schools, well—–
    The statement was not finished and we are still waiting for answers. My advice is for parent to stop depending on our state officials to solve the problems we have in our schools.
    Below you will find photos and information on the Board of Directors of TESCCC. Though TESCCC owns Cscope many other individuals are behind and are supporting it. Texas has 2 RINO State Board of Education members that are in full support of Cscope, Thomas Ratliff and Patricia Hardy.
    Cscope is modeled after Obama’s Common Core Curriculum.
    Common Core Curriculum is promoted by Education adviser to Obama, Humanist Linda Darling Hammond who is also associated with Communist William (Bill) Ayers. Hammond is a frequent guest speaker at Cscope Conferences.
    Hammond is listed along with Marxist, Lev
    Texas Associtation of School Adminstrators (TASA) is gearing up to attend the American Association of School Adminstrators (AASA) in California in Feb. to hear Linda Darling Hammond speak on the Common Core.
    TESCCC BOARD of DIRECTORS (Buisness organization filed with SOS)
    Mr. Jack C. Damron
    Education Service Center Region 1
    1900 West Schunior
    Edinburg, TX 78541-2234
    (956) 984-6000Fax: (956) 984-7655
    Region 1 Website

    Dr. Linda VillarrealEducation Service Center Region 2
    209 North Water Street
    Corpus Christi, TX 78401-2599
    (361) 561-8400FAX: (361) 883-3442
    Region 2 Website

    Dr. Julius D. CanoEducation Service Center Region 3
    1905 Leary Lane
    Victoria, TX 77901-2899
    (361) 573-0731
    FAX: (361) 576-4804
    Region 3 Website
    (Need Photo)

    Region 4 - Houston
    Pam WellsEducation Service Center Region 4
    7145 West Tidwell
    Houston, TX 77092-2096
    (713) 462-7708FAX: (713) 744-6514
    Region 4 Website

    Region 5 - Beaumont
    Dr. Danny LovettEducation Service Center Region 5
    2295 Delaware Street
    Beaumont, TX 77703-4299
    (409) 838-5555FAX: (409) 833-9755
    Region 5 Website

    Region 6 - Huntsville
    Mr. Thomas PoeEducation Service Center Region 6
    3332 Montgomery Road
    Huntsville, TX 77340-6499
    (936) 435-8400
    Fax: (936) 295-1447

    Region 6 Website

    Region 7 - Kilgore
    Mrs. Elizabeth AbernethyEducation Service Center Region 7
    1909 N. Longview Street
    Kilgore, TX 75662-6827
    (903) 988-6700FAX: (903) 988-6708
    Region 7 Website

    Region 8 - Mount Pleasant
    Dr. Ray GlynnEducation Service Center Region 8
    P. O. Box 1894
    Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456-1894
    Location: 2230 N. Edwards, 75455
    (903) 572-8551FAX: (903) 575-2611
    Region 8 Website
    Region 9 - Wichita Falls
    Ms. Anne PoplinEducation Service Center Region 9
    301 Loop 11
    Wichita Falls, TX 76306-3706
    (940) 322-6928FAX: (940) 767-3836
    Region 9 Website

    Region 10 - Richardson
    Mr. Wilburn O. “Buddy” Echols, Jr.Education Service Center Region 10
    400 E. Spring Valley Road
    Richardson, TX. 75081-5101
    (972) 348-1700FAX: (972) 231-3642
    Region 10 Website
    Region 11 - Fort Worth
    Mr. Richard OwnbyEducation Service Center
    Region 11
    3001 North Freeway
    Fort Worth, TX 76106-6596
    (817) 740-3600FAX: (817) 740-7600
    Region 11 Website

    Region 12 - Waco
    Dr. Jerry MazeEducation Service Center Region 12
    P. O. Box 23409
    Waco, TX 76702-3409
    Location: 2101 W. Loop 340, 76712
    (254) 297-1212FAX: (254) 666-0823
    Region 12 Website


    Dr. Terry SmithEducation Service Center Region 13
    5701 Springdale Road
    Austin, TX 78723-3675
    (512) 919-5313FAX: (512) 919-5374
    Region 13 Website
    Region 14 - Abilene
    Mr. Ronnie KincaidEducation Service Center Region 14
    1850 Highway 351
    Abilene, TX 79601-4750
    (325) 675-8600FAX: (325) 675-8659
    Region 14 Website


    Region 15 - San Angelo
    Mr. Scot GoenEducation Service Center Region 15
    P. O. Box 5199
    San Angelo, TX 76902-5199
    Location: 612 South Irene Street, 76903
    (325) 658-6571FAX: (325) 658-6571
    Region 15 Website
    Region 16 - Amarillo
    Mr. John BassEducation Service Center Region 16
    5800 Bell Street
    Amarillo, TX 79109-6230
    (806) 677-5000FAX: (806) 677-5001
    Region 16 Website

    Region 17 - Lubbock
    Dr. Kyle WargoEducation Service Center Region 17
    1111 West Loop 289
    Lubbock, TX 79416-5029
    (806) 792-4000FAX: (806) 792-1523
    Region 17 Website

    Region 18 - Midland
    Mr. John ThomasEducation Service Center Region 18
    P. O. Box 60580
    Midland, TX 79711-0580
    Location: 2811 LaForce Blvd., 79711
    (432) 563-2380FAX: (432) 567-3290
    Region 18 Website

    Region 19 - El Paso
    Dr. James R. VasquezEducation Service Center Region 19
    P. O. Box 971127
    El Paso, TX 79997-1127
    Location: 6611 Boeing Drive, 79925
    (915) 780-1919FAX: (915) 780-6537
    Region 19 Website

    Region 20 - San Antonio
    Dr. Ronald L. BeardEducation Service Center Region 20
    1314 Hines Avenue
    San Antonio, TX 78208-1899
    (210) 370-5200FAX: (210) 370-5750
    Region 20 Website
    Additional information on Cscope.

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