Decatur ISD Parents and Tax Payers~ Are you really OK for all this Money you are Paying for CSCOPE?
Today’s question of the Day~ Is Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend Green or Yellow. Like we asked in the article Is Mary Ann Whiteker Yellow or Red? The Attack Against CSCOPE
OK so I posted this article
Here is one of the responses that I received. Which by the way I completely agree with.
” I want to voice my real concern about the SBOE CSCOPE review process. CSCOPE is a computer aided product that can be modified at will. Even if I work on the CSCOPE review panel, what will prevent the programmer from changing what we approve?
If CSCOPE was a textbook publisher Texas tax payers would never ever sit back and hand over money to the publisher for the vetting process. So why are we the Texas tax payer being forced to pay for the vetting process of CSCOPE?
I’ve even sent an email to Senator Dan Patrick asking the same question.
I am outraged at the thought that Texas tax payer dollars are being spent to improve a product that will be sold to others after we do all the work. I’ve been on textbook adoption committees and CSCOPE never went through an adoption process and yet here we are standing at the door of a very expensive SBOE CSCOPE review process to vet some computer program that can be changed even after a vetting. I really want this process to end, force CSCOPE out of the schools, and if CSCOPE wants back into the school districts it will have vetted itself at its’ own expense and go through the adoption process like all publishers.
When CSCOPE wants to change something, the change should be vetted and adopted as with all other publishers. Remember that CSCOPE has made changes very quickly in the last few months and weeks as people find out about their postings.
So, why vet a product that does not work?
Now we find out Superintendent Rod Townsend of Decatur ISD is charging a parent $515.00 per grade for copies of their children’s school curriculum. (SEE PARENTS & SUPERINTENDENTS EMAIL BELOW) The curriculum in question here is the controversial CSCOPE curriculum only accessed with a password. Parents have not been allowed to review the curriculum and teachers had to sign non disclosure statements stating they would not release the contents are say anything negative about it.
Mr. Townsend:Thank you for your timely response to my request for information regarding my daughters’ lessons. I apologize for not making my request clear enough for you.What I am requesting is access (be it hard copies or electronic) to the entirety of the CSCOPE/TESCC materials that are available for the teachers to use with my children during their 1st and 3rd grade school year (2012-2013).I have taken time to look at the concepts studied via the CSCOPE parent portal and am dissatisfied with the information provided; it is simply a description of the unit and includes no in-depth information that can be used to aide in homework or lesson enhancement at home.Because my daughters do not bring home schoolbooks, this information is vital so that I may reinforce their education at home and help them grow into strong capable students.I do feel that my request fall under the Government Code Section 552.267 on the basis that my children are being taught this material and I (the public) will benefit from the use of this information. Whether the District or I pay for the production of the materials, I am requesting receipt within two weeks.I appreciate in advance your willingness to work with me in this matter.——————————————-
From: ”Townsend, Rod” <rod.townsend@Decatur.esc11. net>
Date: April 10, 2013, 4:07:56 PM CDT
Cc: ”Micinski, Gary” <Gary.Micinski@Decatur.esc11. net>
Subject: Public Information Request
Mrs. XXXXXX,Thank you for clarifying your request. This is a very sizeable request and I wanted to make sure I was getting you the exact information that you were requesting.After receiving written permission from CScope I have your information ready.As far your request to have the fees waived, the district will not be waiving the fees.The printed version of your request is approximately $515.00 per grade level.I have first grade in written form and I have third grade saved electronically. The cost for the electronic version is approximately $91.00.The district will provide to you the written portion of first grade and the electronic version of third grade for the cost of $91.00 total.The information you have requested is available for pick up at the DISD Administration Building at 501 East Collins in Decatur. Please remit a payment of $91.00 at the time of pick up.If you have questions or need additional information please don’t hesitate to contact me.Respectfully,Rod TownsendSuperintendent
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