CSCOPE Surrender Throws Hundreds of School Districts Under the Bus
Witch Hunt Succeeds in Ending CSCOPE Lessons for Public and Private Schools Across the State
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2013
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had this to say following today’s press conference by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, announcing that the CSCOPE curriculum management system will no longer write lessons for the hundreds of public school districts, charter schools and Christian schools that were using them. The announcement to end this major component of CSCOPE follows months of political pressure from Sen. Patrick and Tea party and other activist groups who attacked the online tool for allegedly promoting anti-American, Marxist and pro-Islamic lessons. From Miller:
“Today political bullying resulted in hundreds of school districts getting thrown under the bus and essentially told to figure out for themselves where to find the resources to replace the service CSCOPE had provided them. The big lesson here is that if you can generate a witch hunt that includes enough incendiary and distorted claims, then there are politicians at the Capitol who are ready to throw their supposed commitment to local control out the window.”
CSCOPE is a product of Education Service Centers that were created by the state in the 1960s to provide support for local school districts. The CSCOPE system helps school districts cover curriculum standards approved by the State Board of Education.
The Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and community leaders that support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.