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Grassroots Texans are making a difference in taking on CSCOPE

Stop_CSCOPE_graphicTexans are making a difference and it is together that we will continue the battle against the powerful push of the left and the political moderates and sellouts on the right who support Common Core, CSCOPE and the Gulen Charter Schools which all together create a National Security Threat. 


Torin Halsey/Times Record News Fifth grader Ryker Beasley pays close attention to a problem being solved on the board in math class at City View Elementary. City View teachers are the rare teachers in North Texas who do not use CSCOPE. "We'd worked so hard at what we are doing, we didn't want to dump it in the trash and jump on a new system," said City View testing director Maureen Talbott. "What we're doing seems to be working. We have teachers who are working their tails off but are pleased with what they're doing."

Torin Halsey/Times Record News Fifth grader Ryker Beasley pays close attention to a problem being solved on the board in math class at City View Elementary. City View teachers are the rare teachers in North Texas who do not use CSCOPE. “We’d worked so hard at what we are doing, we didn’t want to dump it in the trash and jump on a new system,” said City View testing director Maureen Talbott. “What we’re doing seems to be working. We have teachers who are working their tails off but are pleased with what they’re doing.”


by Jason Howerton

Excerpts from this article:

The irate mother immediately contacted her son’s principal and teacher and set up meetings with them. The school then reached out to the video’s distributor, Safari Montage. Sands told TheBlaze that the principal of Flour Bluff Intermediate School admitted that Safari Montage is a CSCOPE supplement.

…As a Texas parent, Sands said she is very concerned about what CSCOPE is teaching children. But the Flour Bluff Independent School District released a statement defending the use of CSCOPE.



3.20.13 – “Flour Bluff Parent Upset Over Lesson on Terrorism & Government”

by Janine Reyes – KRISTV.COM – Corpus Christi

Excerpts from this article:

Kara Sands posted the test on her facebook page and it began to spread like wildfire. The test covers content watched on a video in class. What bothered her most is question #3 on the test. It asks why the U.S. may be a target for terrorism. Her son chose the correct answer – ‘decisions we made in the United States that negatively impact people elsewhere.’

“I’m not going to justify radical terrorists by saying we did anything to deserve that, over 3,000 people died,” Sands said.

One worksheet on the Bill of Rights names food and medicine as rights, not personal responsibility. “He got marked wrong, because it is, it is our responsibility for shelter, its our responsibility for food for medicine, it’s not the government’s responsibility,” Sand said.

Flour Bluff officials say Sands is the only parent to complain about the test specifically, but her post on facebook now has 1,662 likes.

Sands says parents need to get involved.

“When I teach my children that you have to work hard and you have to earn a living and they go to school and learn something different I absolutely take issue with that,” Sands said.



3.22.13 – Texas Teacher Wears “Vote Obama” Shirt at Lumberton ISD and Posts Vulgar, Anti-Christian/GOP/Fox News Pics on Twitter – Uses CSCOPE


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During the November 2012 election, Lumberton High School teacher Michelle Champagne paraded around the high school wearing a shirt with a picture of Barack Obama and “Vote Obama” written above the picture. This Texas teacher also posts vulgar, anti-Christian, anti-Republican, anti-Fox News, anti-Rick Perry messages and pictures openly on Twitter and says her fellow Lumberton residents “cling to guns and Bibles.” She even refers to a Christian Cross as a Swastika! It is no surprise that this teacher also says she relies heavily on the flawed CSCOPE curriculum!



3.20.13 – “Lumberton ISD Looks To Replace CSCOPE” by David Bellow —


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I am very excited to say that the Lumberton School Board has listened and has formed a committee to examine how CSCOPE can be replaced at Lumberton ISD.

The Lumberton curriculum committee is to be made up of district employees, parents and other community members, and it will present its findings to the administration and board by the June school board meeting.

I encourage other parents and taxpayers in other Texas communities to do the same thing. Go to your local school board meetings, speak to the board and plead with them to stop using CSCOPE because of all of the problems. Then take it further, get a group together and start speaking louder. They might not listen to one voter, but they will listen when a group of voters starts demanding they do away with CSCOPE.


[3.20.13 – On 3.19.13 Ector Co. ISD superintendent Hector Menendez announced his retirement. He has been an advocate for CSCOPE and of Guided Reading, both of which have been totally discredited.  It was under Menendez that Ector Co. ISD decided to spend $1.7 Million of taxpayers’ dollars to expand CSCOPE for the 2012-13 school year  —

Charter school bill (SB 2) should be reviewed. The Cosmos Foundation run by  a Turkish man named Fethullah Gulen is running 38 charter schools in Texas which sell themselves as Math and Science centers but in fact teach turkish ways and culture and are numbing Americans to the islamic threat we face inside our country.


The Education Committee on SB 2 (Senator Dan Patrick) concerning Charter Schools is considering what to do.  They must hear from you. ASAP The committee members are:

Chair: Sen. Dan Patrick   512) 463-0107
Vice Chair: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.  (512) 463-0127
Members: Sen. Donna Campbell  512) 463-0125
  Sen. Robert Duncan  (512) 463-0128
  Sen. Kel Seliger  (512) 463-0131
  Sen. Larry Taylor  (512) 463-0111
  Sen. Leticia Van de Putte  (512) 463-0126
  Sen. Royce West  (512) 463-0123


Below are charter school safeguards that have been proposed by various experts.  


1. That a financial audit conducted under generally accepted accounting practices by an independent, reputable auditor be required – and publicly available – from any charter school operator applying for bond guarantees or other financial incentives;


2. That the name, address, and citizenship of all board members and key administrators applying for said guarantee(s) or other financial incentives issued by the state be recorded and made available to the public;


3. That the funds in the underlying bonds or other financial incentives to privately owned, publicly financed schools are to be used solely for schools within Texas;


4. Severe criminal penalties for fraudulent activities involving bond guarantees or other financial incentives issued by states – such as a Class 2 Felony for criminal or securities fraud violations.



Below Safeguards proposed in the 82nd Legislative Session in Texas but that the Texas Legislature did not pass:

1.  Proof of U. S. citizenship for all charter school operator board members and top five highest-paid administrators. (Public ISD trustees must be U. S. citizens.)

2.  Names, titles, and biographies posted online for all charter operator board members and top five highest-paid administrators.

3.  Check registers posted online. (It is estimated that over 70 % of local ISD dollars are online.)


Why did these safeguards not pass? Because the elected officials were beholden to the lobby groups in Austin vs the people who elected them as their Representatives. 

Please keep in mind that because we are taking on the public schools parents are looking for other avenues to educate their children. Many who can’t afford private schools (even though private schools use CommonCore and CSCOPE) run to charter schools. Who by the way target the lower income hispanic and black community. 


Join the Movement to Stop CSCOPE

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