LT. GOV. DAVID DEWHURST ON CSCOPE
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
State Board of Education
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.