CSCOPE or C-SCAM?

By Peggy Venable . CSCOPE is among the most controversial topics in the Lone Star State. Surprisingly, many Texans have never heard of it. . CSCOPE is a curriculum management system that has been sold to more than 850 Texas public, private and charter schools. It was developed by a division of the Texas Education Agency, which went to great lengths to avoid public oversight over the process. Directors of the agency’s regional Education Service Centers created a nonprofit shell organization called the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, which exists in name only, and made themselves directors of this […]

Parents told to pay to see CSCOPE

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, […]

The Pigs and the Scale

by Brent Beasley Here’s a little something I wrote this morning in honor of STAAR testing: The farmer wants his pigs to be fat. Of course he does. The fatter the better. He became concerned when he realized that, even though he fed them all the same, some pigs were fatter than others. The problem, he concluded, was that he wasn’t weighing the pigs enough. So he began to weigh the pigs …a few times a year. Still, while some of the pigs were getting plenty fat, many of them were still skinny or, at least, not fat enough. . […]