TIME CHANGE! • CSCOPE Social Studies Lesson Plans Review • Tincy Miller State Board of Education District 12

September 11, 2013

Dear Friends,

Friday, September 13, 2013 – 9 a.m….CSCOPE Social Studies lesson plans
review by SBOE’s Ad Hoc Review Committee. (Please note the time change!)
Respectfully,

Tincy Miller
SBOE, Member Dist. 12
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CSCOPE UPDATE AUGUST 28 – TEA Reminds School Districts of SB 1474 Provisions

Dear Friends,
The following is a most timely and instructive update on
CSCOPE from the Texas Education Agency August 27, 2013
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at
Gtince@aol.com or 972-419-4000

Respectfully,
Tincy Miller
State Board of Education, District 12

TEA reminds school districts of SB 1474 provisions

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today reminded school districts across the state of provisions in a new law relating to the adoption of major curriculum initiatives, including curriculum management systems.
Senate Bill 1474 (SB 1474) – which was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, signed by the governor and became effective June 14, 2013 – requires school districts to follow a new process prior to the adoption of any major curriculum initiative.

“A new process established under SB 1474 seeks to balance transparency to local stakeholders with local control over how districts teach the required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills,” said Commissioner Williams. “Before a district adopts a major curriculum initiative, it must gather input and opinion from both teachers and district employees.”

In addition, SB 1474 (authored by Sen. Robert Duncan – Lubbock) requires a local school board to have a meeting to discuss the proposed initiative and allow feedback from community members. This process provides school districts the opportunity to obtain feedback while deciding if any proposed curriculum meets the needs of their district.

Commissioner Williams also noted that the State Board of Education (SBOE) has reconvened its ad hoc committee to resume its review of CSCOPE social studies lesson plans. The committee’s charge is to provide a resource for districts evaluating individual lesson plans and making decisions in accordance with SB 1474. The review process is expected to be completed sometime this fall.
As a part of its review, the ad hoc review committee will hold a September public hearing in Austin to take testimony from the public. Details of that hearing will be announced soon.
The Texas Education Agency has no rulemaking authority over the provisions of SB 1474. Specific requirements of SB 1474 can be viewed at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB01474F.pdf#navpanes=0.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON CSCOPE

As a part of the CSCOPE Social Studies lesson plans review by the State Board of Education’s Ad Hoc Review Committee, a public hearing will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, beginning at 1 p.m. in Room 1-111 of the William Travis Building, 1701 North Congress in Austin, Texas. Testimony from the public will be heard by the Ad Hoc Review Committee and any State Board of Education members who choose to attend.

As the Ad Hoc Review Committee is specifically charged with implementing a process by which the CSCOPE Social Studies lesson plans are being reviewed, those who plan on testifying are asked to limit their comments to specific recommendations pertaining to identified current CSCOPE Social Studies lessons as they appear at either mycscope.us (until August 31, 2013) or thereafter, at texastribune.org/interactive/search-cscope-lesson-plans/.

Due to the large number of testifiers anticipated, a time limit of 3 minutes per speaker will be strictly enforced. Those wishing to testify may register Sept. 3-6 and 9 by completing the registration form at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/Communications/State_Board_of_Education/Public_Testimony_Registration_Instructions_and_Procedures/. Select the State Board of Education option when submitting the form. Written testimony will also be received by the Committee.

SBOE Seeks Input on New Graduation Plans

Dear Friends,

Our State Board of Education is seeking input from
educators and community members as we begin to
restructure graduation requirements as mandated by
House Bill 5 (HB5).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact
me at: Gtince@aol.com.

Respectfully,
Tincy Miller
SBOE, member Dist. 12

Attention board members: This will be released shortly.
Aug. 13, 2013

SBOE seeks input on new graduation plans

AUSTIN – The State Board of Education is seeking input from educators and community members as it begins to restructure graduation requirements to address recent changes in state law.

House Bill 5 (HB5), passed by the Texas Legislature this spring, made substantial changes to the state’s graduation requirements, moving from the current “4×4” graduation plans to a 22-credit Foundation High School Program that allows students to earn endorsements in specific areas of study by completing four additional credits.

The new plan requires the state board to make a number of policy decisions, such as deciding which courses will count as advanced mathematics, English and science courses and determining the requirements for each endorsement area. The endorsement areas are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); business and industry; public services; arts and humanities; and multidisciplinary studies.

The board will hold a public hearing Sept. 17 in room 1-104 of the Travis State Office Building in Austin to receive input from educators and others about the changing graduation requirements.

“We encourage you to submit specific suggestions as to the course offerings that will give school districts the flexibility mandated in HB5 that is intended to meet all students’ postsecondary goals,” said Barbara Cargill, chair of the State Board of Education.

After the public hearing, Texas Education Agency staff will craft a proposed rule dealing with graduation requirements. The board will consider this draft rule at its Nov. 20-22 meeting in Austin. If the rule receives preliminary approval, it will be posted in the Texas Register and there will be a 30-day public comment period. Comments during this time may be submitted to rules@tea.state.tx.us. A final vote on the changes is expected during the board’s Jan. 29-31 meeting. All board meetings will occur at the Travis State Office Building at 1701 N. Congress Ave. in Austin. Those who wish to submit comments about the graduation changes prior to the beginning of the official rulemaking process may send their comments to sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us through Sept. 10. Because many details about the Foundation High School Program and the endorsements must still be worked out, the new graduation plan will not be in effect for the 2013-2014 school year.

School districts must continue to offer the three existing graduation programs – the Distinguished Achievement Program, the Recommended High School Program and the Minimum High School Program – through at least the 2016-2017 school year when those students who enter high school later this month graduate. However, students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2014-2015 school year and are currently following one of the three existing programs will have the option of switching to the Foundation program when it becomes available in the 2014-2015 school year.

As updates become available about the graduation programs, they will be posted on the Texas Education Agency’s website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/graduation.aspx.

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Sen. Patrick Update
May 2013
Sen Patrick Announces End of CSCOPE
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Attorney General Sends Letter to TESCC
April 2013
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Graduation Requirements

Dear Friends,

As a result of HB 5 the legislature has mandated new
Graduation Requirements beginning in the 2014-2015 School Year.
The SBOE will meet on September 18,19, and 20th to hear public testimony
and begin work on the course offerings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Gtince@aol.com
or call my office: (972) 419-4000.

Respectfully,
Tincy Miller

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May 2013
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April 2013
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CSCOPE Secret Curriculum Killed in Texas

Dear Friends,
Another timely and instructive article from the
Education Reporter July 2013 Number 330
Respectfully,

Tincy Miller
State Board of Education

CSCOPE Secret Curriculum Killed in Texas

A controversial online curriculum used by more than 800 Texas School Districts was ditched by state lawmakers in May. Many wonder how CSCOPE statewide lesson plans, which were secret from parents and frequently controversial, came to be taught in Texas schools. Teachers relied on the curriculum for seven years.

CSCOPE was designed and marketed by State Education Service Centers, a nonprofit organization that sold the copyrighted curriculum to school districts. (CSCOPE is not an acronym, just a made-up term.) The curriculum and lesson plans were used to teach math, reading, science, and social studies, CSCOPE strictly organized each day’s classroom topics and provided scripted talking points for teachers.

In violation of state law, lesson plans were not available for parental or public review. This was allegedly due to copyright laws. Unlike the use of textbooks that parents can monitor, online content can remain secret. Parents were outraged when children told them about some of the lessons taught. The tipping point came when Texans saw photos of schoolchildren wearing burkas and other traditional Islamic clothing.

Many teachers are pleased to see the end of CSCOPE, although it means developing alternative curriculum. One teacher told KLTV, “The need for college remedial courses will drop dramatically as CSCOPE lesson plans are removed.” (5-20-13) Many believe CSCOPE diluted student learning in favor of politically motivated activities and stifled teachers’ flexibility in classrooms.

Teachers were required to sign a nine-page nondisclosure form that prohibited them from discussing CSCOPE. Some teachers did speak out against the lesson plans, even resorting to leaking content and complaining at online chat rooms. One math teacher with a doctorate resigned after 40 years of teaching rather than use the CSCOPE material. He claimed that CSCOPE lessons “gutted a quarter of a typical [Algebra I] book’s content.” (Times Record News, 12-16-13)

After parents saw the alarming photos of high school students in Muslim garb posted on Facebook, a district spokesman explained, “The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently.” There was no concurrent study of Christian or Jewish motivations in the social studies class or the CSCOPE curriculum. (Fox News, 2-25-13)
Another lesson plan equated the pre-Revolutionary War event commonly called the Boston Tea Party with terrorist attacks carried out by Muslim extremists, like those on Sept. 11, 2001. Although CSCOPE officials tried to distance themselves from this lesson, calling it “optional” and “discontinued,” the following narrative, which uses the word “terrorist” three times, was given to students who were afterwards told it described the Boston Tea Party:

A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization,
attacked the property of private citizens today at our
nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the
attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be
valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators,
was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and
apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night
with the help of local citizens who harbored these fugitives
and concealed their identities from the authorities. It is
believed that the terrorists attack was a response to the
policies enacted by the occupying country’s government.

Some in Texas are calling for a review of the operation and intent of Education Service Centers. The legislative action halted an investigation into CSCOPE curriculum that some feel should continue:

CSCOPE will remain an active online guide to Texas state-required K-12 skills, and includes a calendar showing when particular skills should be introduced. Only the curriculum aspect is discontinued.

Use of CSCOPE curriculum in schools sounds an alarm for parents to remain vigilant about what their children are being taught. Texas students were exposed to CSCOPE curriculum for years before outraged parents and citizens forced lawmakers to act.

CSCOPE Update – Lt. Governor Dewhurst July 22, 2013

LT. GOV. DAVID DEWHURST ON CSCOPE

Dear Friends,
The following is a most timely and instructive letter
written to Ms. Barbara Cargill, Chair, SBOE
by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 22, 2013

Respectfully,

Tincy Miller
State Board of Education
District 12

I am deeply troubled by recent reports of public school districts planning to use CSCOPE lesson plans in the coming school year. As you know, I have serious issues with reported factual errors and bias in CSCOPE’s lesson plans, and my intent, and that of the Legislature in passing SB 1406, which passed this year, was to end this controversy once and for all. We were all told our CSCOPE problems were behind us. Over the past few weeks, I have learned that this could not be further from the truth.

It is my understanding the State Board of Education (SBOE) will have an agenda item at the September Board meeting to discuss the review and adoption of CSCOPE lesson plans, which is the subject of Senate Bill 1406. In addition, with the school year rapidly approaching, I am requesting the SBOE to convene a panel to hear questions, comments, and concerns from school districts, parents, and citizens on not only the CSCOPE lesson plans, but also the SCOPE, Sequence, and Assessment components. By providing this forum, I believe the SBOE can help districts find other lesson plan options, or at least provide transparency for parents and local voters to know what their local districts are using to educate their children.

It is my intent to pass legislation as soon as possible to prevent districts from using CSCOPE lesson plans, as well as possibly the SCOPE, Sequence, and Assessment components, and to move the Sunset date for Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) from 2019 to 2017. Additionally, I have requested that the State Auditor perform an audit on the ESCs money flow related to financial and contractual matters involving CSCOPE.

Thank you for your service to the schoolchildren of Texas.

Sincerely,
David Dewhurst
Lieutenant Governor

CSCOPE Update – Sen. Dan Patrick July 18, 2013

CSCOPE UPDATE

Dear Friends,
The following is a most timely and instructive press release
from Sen. Dan Patrick dated July 18, 2013
Respectfully,

Tincy Miller
State Board of Education
District 12

Austin – Today, Senator Dan Patrick sent a letter to State Auditor John Keel asking for his review of the operations of the TESCCC, governing board of the CSCOPE program. This letter follows a similar letter submitted to the State Auditor by the Office of the Attorney General last week.

“While my initial concerns with CSCOPE focused on the content of their lesson plans,” said Patrick, “further review revealed that CSCOPE had potential underlying legal issues that need to be addressed.”

Among the concerns outlined in his letter to State Auditor John Keel are the facts that the Education Service Centers failed to comply with state law requiring a bidding process and the adoption of formal contracts with state government vendors.

In part, the letter reads:
“In light of these issues, I am writing to ask you to exercise your authority as State Auditor and determine if the Education Services Centers acted appropriately under state law when they paid NER to produce the CSCOPE materials without a bidding process and without the protections of a legally binding contract.”

“Texans deserve an open and transparent state government and that is particularly true of our public education system,” said Patrick. “The curriculum in our classrooms must be open to public scrutiny as well as the contracts to publish them.”

In response to TEA’s suggestion to the SBOE that CSCOPE lesson plans could be used because they are in the public domain, Senator Patrick said, “I disagree with that analysis but I am looking into the issue further. Until I started asking questions, and holding hearings, parents weren’t even allowed to view these materials.”

“Until this question is resolved, parents need to continue to make their voices heard at the local school district level that they want CSCOPE out of their schools.”

“That vast majority of parents, teachers, and legislators have made it clear that they want CSCOPE out of their schools, I stand with them and intend to make sure no one tries to slide CSCOPE lesson plans under the classroom door,” said Senator Patrick.

Senator Patrick Accounces the End of CSCOPE

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Dan Patrick recently held a press conference
and announced…
SENATOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES THE END OF CSCOPE 
In sudden turn of events the TESCCC Board decides
to end CSCOPE lesson plans. 
AUSTIN– A letter signed by all 20 members of the Board released this morning stated they will notify their 875 school district clients that all lesson plans will be removed from their website on August 31st, 2013 and that districts cannot use any lessons they currently have beyond that date. The August 31st date corresponds to the notice clause in their contracts with their districts. The letter goes on to say that the Regional Service Centers will not produce lesson plans in the future. The 20 Service Centers will return to their original business plan of providing a management tool for teachers to stay on schedule regarding the teaching of the required TEKS. The official vote will take place at an already scheduled Board meeting on Friday, May 24th.”I’m pleased that the CSCOPE Board has made the decision to get out of the lesson plan business. This is a positive development for students, parents, teachers, and for the Regional Service Centers,’ said Senator Patrick. “I want to thank the members of the Senate Education Committee for their months of work on this issue. I also want to thank Attorney General Abbott and his staff in providing valuable assistance in our review of CSCOPE,” added Patrick.”We would like to thank Senator Patrick, Senator Duncan, and members of the Senate and House Education Committees. Their leadership has been invaluable and we look forward to a positive relationship in the future. We believe that this is the best decision moving forward; and allows us to continue to provide high quality services to the more than 1,000, school districts and charter schools in Texas, said Kyle Wargo, Board Member Region 17 Board of Directors and Anne Poplin, Chair, TESCCC.

“We accept the concerns expressed by the leadership of our state regarding segments of the lessons that were perceived as contradictory to the values of our great state. We will therefore eliminate the model lessons offered as examples of what was interpreted as the intent of the standards and focus on moving forward in a positive manner,” said Mary Ann Whiteker, Superintendent, Hudson ISD.

“Once the TESCCC officially approves this measure Friday I will notify the SBOE that they do not need to review the 1600 CSCOPE lesson plans,” said Patrick. “The CSCOPE era is over. However, what the last several months has proven is that the state will have to create a plan to monitor all on line material in the future so that our schools and classroom remain completely transparent to parents and the legislature knows what is being taught in our classrooms across Texas,” added Patrick.

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TINCY MILLER
SBOE, Dist. 12

Parents told to pay to see school curriculum

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From the Office of the Attorney General…

Parents told to pay
to see school curriculum

Controversy over Texas program that described
Tea Party as terror escalates

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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Attorney General Abbott Sends Letter to TESCCC
Regarding Disclosure of CSCOPE Materials
May 6, 2013

Ms. Anne Poplin
Chair, Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) Governing Board • 301 Loop 11 • Wichita Falls, Texas 76306

Dear Ms. Poplin:

It has come to our attention that school districts may be denying Texas parents access to CSCOPE curriculum and materials in violation of the Texas Education Code. Specifically, it has been alleged that school districts are improperly attempting to charge parents hundreds of dollars in order to access CSCOPE-related information that must be provided to them under Texas law.

As you know, Section 26.006(a) of the Texas Education Code provides that parents are “entitled to review all teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom of the parent’s child.” The Education Code also provides that school districts “shall make teaching materials and tests readily available for review by parents.” Further, Texas law specifically states that “A student’s parent is entitled to request that the school district…allow the student to take home any instructional materials used by the student.”

Notwithstanding the fact that Texas law clearly requires school districts to make educational materials accessible to parents, it is our understanding that school districts have recently attempted to charge hundreds of dollars for information related to the CSCOPE curriculum. To the extent parents are being charged a fee in order to access CSCOPE-related information, such a fee is not authorized by the Education Code.

In light of these concerns, we request that the TESCCC promptly notify school districts that information related to CSCOPE must be provided to parents in accordance with Chapter 26 of the Texas Education Code, which does not authorize the imposition of a fee. With summer fast approaching, it is imperative that the TESCCC distribute the notification requested herein immediately so that parents are assured access to CSCOPE-related information before the end of the school year. Finally, be advised that failure to comply with the Education Code’s disclosure requirements could result in legal action against school districts.

Sincerely,

Greg Abbott
Attorney General of Texas

cc: The Honorable Dan Patrick
Chairman, Texas Senate Committee on Education

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PLEASE CALL IN SUPPORT OF CSCOPE BILLS:
SB 1406 • Senator Dan Patrick Houston  512-463-0107
SB 760 • Rep. Steve Toth Woodlands 512-463-0797

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS the State Board of Education values the rights the rights of parent to participate in the education of their children, including full access to the contents of lessons that are being taught pursuant to Chapter 26 of the Texas Education Code: and

 

WHEREAS CSCOPE is a curriculum management system that is being used by a large number of Texas school districts and includes optional instructional materials used by classroom teachers to cover the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: and

 

WHEREAS in response to a request from several legislators as a result of concerns from parents, teachers and citizens of Texas, the Chair of the State Board of Education has appointed an ad hoc committee to oversee a review process of the content of Social Studies lessons offered by  CSCOPE: and

 

WHEREAS the officials at CSCOPE have volunteered to participate in the Social Studies review in order to address these concerns, and

 

WHEREAS the State Board of Education has initiated a review process for CSCOPE that closely follows the tried and true process used for instructional materials and that allows for input from teachers, parents, administrators and concerned citizens of Texas: and

 

WHEREAS as a result of materials undergoing the State Board of Education’s review process, teachers, parents, administrators, citizens and local school boards may be better informed as to the quality of content being used to prepare Texas schoolchildren for life beyond graduation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education supports the right of local schools boards to make informed decisions as to what instructional materials they purchase, with the State Board of Education’s transparent review process providing valuable assistance in making that decision: and be it further

RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education stands ready to respond to any directive enacted by the Texas Legislature to address any concerns with CSCOPE or any other instructional materials in an effort to preserve local control, increase parental access, afford greater transparency and improve the quality  of  instructional  materials; and  be it  further

RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education encourages CSCOPE, and any other provider of instructional materials, to participate in the SBOE review process to ensure quality materials are being used and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are being taught in our classrooms; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education encourages the Texas Legislature to appropriate funds sufficient to cover the costs related to any voluntary review.
SBOE Members Approval:  April 19, 2013, Austin, Texas
Barbara Cargill, Chair;
Thomas Ratliff, Vice-Chair
Mavis B. Knight, Secretary
Pat Hardy, Tom Maynard, Sue Melton, Lawrence A. Allen, Jr., Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, Donna Bahorich, Marisa B. Perez,
David Bradley; Marty Rowley, Martha M. Dominguez, Ed.D.
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Authored by: Senator Dan Patrick
Bill Number: TX83RSB • April 15, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT
relating to State Board of Education oversight of regional relating to State Board of Education oversight of regional management systems.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 8, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 8.0531 to read as follows:Sec. 8.0531.  INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS DEVELOPED BY A COLLABORATION OF REGIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE CENTERS.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter or Section 8.001(c), instructional lessons developed as part of a curriculum management system by a regional education service center, acting alone or in collaboration with one or more other regional education service centers, shall be subject to the same review and adoption process as outlined in Section 31.022.
SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
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Authored by: Representative Steve Toth
H.B. No. 760
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT
relating to State Board of Education oversight of regional education service center services and products concerning student curriculum.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:SECTION 1: Subchapter B, Chapter 8, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 8.0531 to read as follows:Sec. 8.0531 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION OVERSIGHT OF CURRICULUM-RELATED SERVICES AND PRODUCTS. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter of Section 8.001 (c), the State Board of Education shall maintain oversight and direction of the activities of regional education service center, acting alone in collaboration with one of more other regional education service centers, concerning any service or product related to student curriculum. (b) A regional education service center, either alone or in collaboration with one or more other regional education service centers, may not develop, administer, or provide or authorize the development, administration, or provision by a public or private entity of a service or product related to student curriculum without State Board of Education approval, including approval of the form and content of the service or product, regardless of whether the service or product is provided online, in print, or in person.

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