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Date posted: January 25, 2013

By Donna Garner



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I trust that Burkburnett ISD is going to seek a refund of taxpayers’ dollars from CSCOPE since teachers are no longer required to use the entire program. (Please see Times Record-News article by Ann Work posted below.)

Example of cost:  Ector County ISD just paid CSCOPE $1.7 Million for this school year.  Burkburnett ISD has undoubtedly paid similar high costs. A refund from CSCOPE is in order.

(I have heard from teachers that districts are spending thousands and thousands of dollars to Xerox the CSCOPE lessons since there are no student textbooks. The taxpayers are picking up these costs that are outside the cost of purchasing CSCOPE.)

 In actuality, CSCOPE is not needed by any school districts in Texas. Teachers when given enough time are perfectly capable of setting their own goals as to how they are going to teach the new TEKS (curriculum standards). 

 The difference in the new TEKS (tied to STAAR/End-of-Course tests) and the old TEKS (tied to TAKS tests) is that the new TEKS are specific for each grade level and emphasize fact-based learning – a return to teaching the badly needed basics before unrealistically expecting students to be able to do higher-level-thinking. 

 Instead of purchasing CSCOPE, districts should allow teachers to meet by grade levels and departments and to share ideas on how to bundle various TEKS elements together and form units (thus covering the TEKS in total).  Individual teachers can then decide in what order they want to present the bundled lessons, making sure that students are ready for the new STAAR/EOC’s when given.

 For instance, let’s look at the way an English I teacher could bundle various TEKS together to create a good teaching unit on persuasive reading/writing/speaking. 


(Link to English I TEKS:http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter110/ch110c.html#110.31 )


An English I teacher could create a unit in which his students  (1) read persuasive pieces (both fiction and nonfiction), (2) recognize analogies, (3) analyze inferences, (4) compare persuasive texts with various viewpoints, (5) study the etymology and denotative/connotative meanings of various vocabulary words, (6) use a dictionary/glossary/thesaurus, (7) consider graphical sources used in the persuasive literary piece (e.g., newspaper commentary using a pie chart), (8) distinguish the formality of the tone of different persuasive literary pieces, (9) learn about the thesis/counter-arguments, (10) discover how to use research sources to gather data, (11) understand the meaning of plagiarism, (12) learn how to paraphrase and cite sources, (13) go through the five-step writing process, and (14) use correct grammar/mechanics/spelling.  


After evaluating the persuasive compositions for content/style/organization and also for grammar/mechanics/spelling, the teacher should conduct a writing conference with the student to discuss the paper. In this conference, the teacher needs to make sure that students understand how to correct their grammar/mechanics/spelling mistakes.

 Once the students have corrected their persuasive papers, teachers should teach students good listening/speaking skills and have them present persuasive speeches to the class.

Please notice how many of the English I TEKS can be covered in just one unit!  This is the way that teachers can indeed cover all of the new TEKS in a year’s time.

Teachers do not need CSCOPE and its “robotic” planning requirements that do not allow teachers the time they need to make sure their students are achieving mastery.  

Teachers can design their own creative teaching units using the new TEKS as the guide to tell them what to teach but not how to teach it.

 Donna Garner





The issue of CSCOPE is very important and Donna Garner does an exceptional job of explaining the history of CSCOPE and why it is so important that we push back against CSCOPE. 


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1.24.13 — Wichita Falls Times Record News


Burkburnett ISD Loosens Lesson Guidelines: Teachers Can Skip Exemplar Lessons

by Ann Work


  Burkburnett ISD lifted its requirements on teachers who use its CSCOPE curriculum, telling them they are no longer required to use its exemplar lessons.

They are still required to follow CSCOPE’s planning documents and present subject matter according to the CSCOPE sequence, but they may substitute their own lessons for CSCOPE’s, according to Missy Mayfield, Burkburnett ISD curriculum specialist.

The announcement came in early December, shortly before Christmas break, and was presented as “an early Christmas present from your administrative team,” Mayfield said Tuesday.

The decree came after loosening the guidelines a little bit in August, she said.

Burkburnett teachers have used CSCOPE for four years.

“Our teachers know the state standards well enough now; they can write their own lessons to meet state standards,” Mayfield said.

CSCOPE is an online curriculum designed to help teachers fit all the state’s requirements into their teaching so that they adequately prepare students for state tests.

More than 800 of the state’s 1,036 school districts adopted the CSCOPE product since it was introduced by the state’s regional service centers in 2006.

All Region 9 school districts except City View ISD lease CSCOPE for about $7 per student annually.

Teachers told Mayfield they felt the pressure of fitting in all of CSCOPE’s lessons.

“The lessons are very full, very packed,” Mayfield said. Even though CSCOPE may recommend that a lesson last five days, there is usually enough material to fill three weeks of class time, especially with the slow learners, she said.

“There’s always time pressure. We felt that stress could be lifted,” she said.

CSCOPE has come under fire recently for the secrecy it demands of teachers, who are prohibited from showing CSCOPE classroom documents to anyone.

Others have complained about its controversial teaching approaches and lessons, “exemplar” lessons that some say are actually weak, poor correlation between lessons and tests, and lessons that favor Islam and portray Christianity incorrectly.

Even though districts bought the product with the guarantee

it would give teachers all they need to help students pass state tests, there has been no outside oversight of the product or proof of such claims.

One current report on CSCOPE was completed in November but has not yet been released by state CSCOPE Director Wade Labay.

Other concerns revolve around the financial web of the original CSCOPE product and how it was allowed to pass from a state product of the regional service centers into its current status as a nonprofit, private corporation.

Mayfield was part of the state leadership team who trained more than 3,000 teachers on CSCOPE when it was introduced, she said.

CSCOPE grew out of a perfect storm of problems confronting administrators then, she said.

The Texas State Board of Education had just rewritten all the state’s requirements and added so much to them that teachers were overwhelmed at the breadth of requirements they were now held accountable for teaching.

Meanwhile, test scores were sinking, a new test with increasing rigor was on the horizon, and accountability standards were on the rise.

“Administrators first saw CSCOPE and said, ‘This is what we’ve been looking for. It will organize and map the TEKS (state requirements) out in a logical manner,'” she said.

Administrators incorrectly saw CSCOPE then as “all we will ever need again,” Mayfield said.

Lessons were later added to the sequencing flow chart.

“It took two to three years (using CSCOPE) to say, ‘Maybe that’s not the silver bullet,'” Mayfield said.

She remembers training 200 teachers on CSCOPE a mere three days before they were supposed to begin using it in the classroom. “I remember saying, ‘There is no silver bullet.’ But a lot of teams saw it as a silver bullet. It’s not,” she said.

It was merely the first time anyone had assembled and presented all the TEKS into a manageable framework, she said.

The flaw, she believes, is with the vast number of state standards that teachers must cover. “CSCOPE was the first curriculum to put it in your face,” she said.

It left no time for reteaching or working with the slower student. A school’s own intervention program must be strong to address that, she said.

“I still use it to guide my lesson,” said Jamie Smith, a fifth-grade English Language Arts teacher in Burkburnett. “I may change the activity.”

“I always felt free to supplement,” said Leslie Coble, who teaches algebra I and II and a math TAKS class. “Now we have the official go-ahead.” 

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CSCOPE~ From a Veteran Teacher’s Point of View ~ Stan Hartzler

Date posted: January 22, 2013

Below is an  important article on CSCOPE that was originally published by Ann Work Education Journalist for the  Times Record News. It is well worth your time to head over to the Times Record News just click the photo below and subscribe to Ann Work’s articles. Knowledge is Power especially when you have journalists like Ann Work!

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Ann Work with the Times Record News Wichita Falls, Texas


Stan Hartzler has been a math teacher for a long time. The 40-year teacher has written textbooks, taught college math, and given hundreds of presentations on how to teach his subject.

So when he was hired in August 2012 to launch a robust attack on Luling Independent School District’s failing math scores, he brought a solid understanding of what his students needed.

But Hartzler would soon become a casualty in a growing state controversy when, shortly after his hire, his superintendent adopted a new teaching system called CSCOPE. It organized each day’s classroom topics — minute to minute — and provided scripted talking points and lessons.

He required Hartzler to use it exclusively, despite Hartzler’s protests.

Hartzler tried.

He used every quadratic equation, every calculator exercise, and all the algebra tile work.

But it felt like a concoction of leftovers that would seriously harm students — particularly the disadvantaged ones — because it left out so much.

“The course in algebra is not there,” he said. “I regard this as being fraudulent.”

Hartzler decided to analyze CSCOPE’s Algebra 1 curriculum. He would use the same methodology that he used to earn his doctorate when he screened 141 algebra textbooks and their combined 435,000 math exercises.

When he applied the same analysis to CSCOPE, he discovered that CSCOPE gutted a quarter of a typical book’s content.

It deleted and weakened so much of the rest that he decided he must protest CSCOPE and risk going to jail — or resign.

“I feel like I’m aiding and abetting some fraud here,” he said. “I’d compare this to a surgeon who is forced to use filthy scalpels.”

He resigned Dec. 3.

So what is this teaching system that so stymied Hartzler?

CSCOPE is an online curriculum for teachers designed to help them plan and deliver lessons that will meet state requirements.

The online system works without textbooks.

If teachers follow it, they’re assured by their administrators — who have been told by the regional Education Service Centers who created it — that they will be giving all students what they need to pass state tests.

At a time in education when good test scores trump all, a promise like that is a lottery win to administrators and school boards. Since 2006 they have purchased it in droves.

In six years, 875 of the 1,032 Texas school districts adopted CSCOPE, each one leasing it annually from the ESCs for about $7 per student, sending millions to TESCCC, the nonprofit arm of the state’s regional service centers.

North Texas’ Region 9 school districts signed on like all the rest.

All but one of its 37 districts convinced their school boards to pay for the online system and trained their teachers to use it.

All Wichita Falls Independent School District schools use CSCOPE. So do Bright Ideas Charter School and Wichita Christian School. City View ISD in northern Wichita Falls remains the one holdout who prefers its own curriculum, written by its own teachers.

Statewide, CSCOPE boasts 90,000 users who oversee about 3 million of Texas’ 4.8 million children.

The transition to CSCOPE was an under-the-radar nonevent until recently, when frustrated teachers like Hartzler began growing so dissatisfied by demands to use the scripted lessons that they began speaking out on chat boards and websites and leaking some of its most controversial content.

Until then, teachers had dutifully honored a nine-page nondisclosure document that their superintendents required they sign.

The document prevented them from showing the curriculum and its lessons to anyone.

In November, conservative media personality Glenn Beck highlighted a pirated CSCOPE lesson on his radio talk show.

The world history lesson included an activity that compared the Boston Tea Party to an act of terrorism.

Beck was equally outraged at CSCOPE doctrine in pirated lessons that was pro-Islamic. He objected to other lesson Web links that characterized Christianity as a cult.

When Beck analyzed a pirated first-grade unit on the environment, he found words like “environmental action” and “sustainability,” buzzwords for the United Nations Agenda 21 globalization plan.

“All of this is Agenda 21!” he said. “All of it!”

He wondered aloud that such lessons had been taught in Texas schools previously known for their conservatism. “I’m very concerned about Texas,” Beck told his radio audience. “If we lose Texas, we lose the country.”

Teachers’ opposition to CSCOPE, according to anonymous posts on teacher chat boards and websites, is broad.

Teachers brought many of their concerns to the most recent State Board of Education meeting Nov. 15 in Austin, where they gave the SBOE instruction committee a combined six hours of testimony about CSCOPE, which is available on the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.texasadmin.com/agen da.php?confid=TEA_CI111512&dir=tea.

Teachers faulted factual, grammatical and typographical errors in documents that appear not to have been proofread.

Master teachers reported a dumbed-down approach with a liberal, students-teach-students philosophy.

Teachers singled out controversial content, such as a link in a world history lesson that described Christianity as: “a small, often brutally persecuted cult (that) rose to become the dominant religion of the West.”

Retired teacher Janice VanCleave, who opposes CSCOPE and is searching for a credible reason why so many superintendents would buy it, theorizes that CSCOPE is a possible conspiracy pushed on them by the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards.

She believes they pushed the new curriculum to superintendents to promote weaker education for an eventual adoption of a better, national agenda of government-controlled education.

After all, she claims, CSCOPE was released in 2006, the same year TASA launched its educational mission of “vision learning,” a constructivist philosophy that is “so opposite of the Texas Education Agency vision,” she said.

VanCleave remains one of CSCOPE’s most ardent critics.

She stumbled upon CSCOPE innocently enough. After teaching science for 27 years, VanCleave retired and began a new career writing children’s science and math activity books. She traveled as far as the geographic South Pole to research and write 52 books, all published by industry giant Prentice Hall.

Her books have been translated into 15 languages for 3 million children.

Then one day she volunteered at her local school to tutor failing science students. When she asked to see the classroom lessons, she was denied.

Teachers told her they now used a program called CSCOPE and were bound by a nondisclosure agreement that forbade them from sharing its content with her — or anyone. She learned the new curriculum promoted online searches, not textbooks, and used a methodology of teaching science that flip-flopped traditional instruction.

“First you introduce the facts,” she said of the traditional approach. “CSCOPE wants them to come in and talk about, ‘What do you think this means?’ They’re spending time on kids talking about something they don’t know anything about.”

Her research uncovered one lesson that began by asking students to design an experiment that illustrated osmosis. “You can define osmosis all day long, but as far as setting up an experiment, they can’t. Let’s not waste their time. Let’s first tell them how to do it,” VanCleave said.

Some of the most engaging activities were never explained, she said. “It’s like a magic show. Wow! We got their attention. … Then they go on to something else.”

Seven weeks ago VanCleave launched a website at www.txcscopereview.com to present her research and solicit teacher comments, which have come in droves.

  •  “It is insane to expect math students to teach each other complex math concepts where they have no prior knowledge.”
  •  “There is no reteach time. So your kids better get it the first time.”
  •  “Some lessons are way over their heads, and some are low-low.”
  •  “Can you imagine your students’ learning being dependent on the teaching of other students for almost every lesson? Ridiculous!”

VanCleave has her own question: How do children learn to study without textbooks?

Now VanCleave says she suspects a conspiracy to rid school districts of their veteran teachers — maybe all teachers.

She cites CSCOPE training materials that identify veteran teachers as troublemakers and the scripted delivery plan that’s designed to be used by anybody.

“Anyone think that these teachers know CSCOPE is not good and are trying to alert the public?” she said.

Regardless of how effective it is or isn’t in the classroom, CSCOPE has reached notable milestones since it was introduced six years ago.

For example, 80 percent of Texas school districts obtained approval from their school boards to purchase the curriculum.

WFISD School Board President Kevin Goldstein said recently that he has never viewed CSCOPE but only seen papers his child has brought home.

“I’ve yet to find a school board member that signed this (nondisclosure) contract and reviewed CSCOPE before purchasing it,” VanCleave said.

One longtime teacher — who testified before the SBOE but requested anonymity with the media — called CSCOPE a real-life example of the old fable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

Just as all the kingdom told the emperor that he was dressed in his finest — and not buck naked — so nearly all the school districts in Texas have paid millions annually to lease CSCOPE even though no one knows if it truly works.

“It would take hours to click on all the different links (in the lessons). That’s the problem,” she said. “No one has actually read it. No one! Everybody assumes someone else has read it.”

Ed Vara, Texas Education Service Center academic director, confirmed in a question-and-answer session at a meeting with Tea Party proponents that CSCOPE had no outside oversight.

“No, we don’t currently contract with others to do that,” said the Region 13 official.

That troubled Gail Lowe, SBOE member for District 14, which includes Wichita County. “Materials of competing publishers are required to undergo public scrutiny and review, and are subject to penalty for factual errors,” she said.

Lowe cited a double standard that existed for CSCOPE when the Texas attorney general refused a request by VanCleave to view the curriculum under the Freedom of Information Act.

The attorney general ruled that CSCOPE was allowed to keep its materials proprietary, citing copyrights.

Textbooks are copyrighted but open to all, Lowe said.

“CSCOPE materials, unlike traditional instructional materials, are inaccessible to parents and taxpayers in general, which seems to run counter to guarantees in the Texas Education Code for the opportunity to review classroom teaching materials,” Lowe wrote in an email.

Chapter 26, Section 26.007 guarantees parents access to teaching materials and tests.

Lowe said she is concerned that many administrators perceive that CSCOPE has an inherent “stamp of approval” simply because it is available through the statewide network of Educational Service Centers. “When actually, it is not subject to the same scrutiny as other instructional materials,” she said.

Apparently, that’s the dirty secret known only to teachers — until now.

Education is supposed to give an increasing sophistication that spirals back to reteach — not the haphazard approach of CSCOPE.

“It’s like a hospital that’s taken apart all of their procedures and practice,” she said. “You doggone know you’re going to lose some of their patients.”


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Dr. Stan Hartzler loves teaching and seeing students excitement when they realize their potential. Unfortunately Dr. Hartzler quit his job from Luling ISD over the Christmas Holidays. He would love to go back to teaching but not with CSCOPE in place.


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Date posted: November 5, 2012

By Donna Garner 

Joe Straus Liberal Speaker of the HouseTo better understand what is behind the profanity-laden e-mails from Speaker Joe Straus’s staff (just released by RedState.com), please read my article dated 6.1.12 entitled “The Loss of Texas Conservative Champions” in which I explained how disastrous Speaker Joe Straus’s and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s redistricting maps were for some of our most outstanding Texas conservatives:  

Back during the 82nd Legislative Session (spring 2011), I am sure that many Texans thought we conservatives who were loudly voicing our concerns over the redistricting maps were biased and were over-reacting. 

The public was soothed into complacency by the sweet-sounding rhetoric from Speaker Joe Straus’ and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s teams who told everyone that the redistricting maps were fair and would stand up in the courts. We all know that did not happen. Not only did significant redistricting changes have to be made this spring, but the primary elections themselves were delayed from March until May 29, 2012.

Now after this last Tuesday’s primary elections, we see the terrible price that we conservatives paid when Straus/Dewhurst were allowed to remain in office to choose all of the House and Senate chairs and committees.

No doubt about it, we conservatives have lost some courageous champions.  The Redistricting Committees were stacked with left-leaners –http://libertylinked.com/posts/9808/dilemma-for-texas-voters—/View.aspx 



The President of the Texas senate, David Dewhurst (now in a run-off with Ted Cruz for U. S. Senate), appointed Kel Seliger as the chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee which ended up with an average rating of 46.8% on a conservative scale (Texas Eagle Forum) with 14 out of 15 membersfalling below 64%. 


The House was worse.  Even though we conservatives elected a supermajority of predominantly conservative House members on Nov. 2, 2010, Speaker Joe Straus appointed 17 members to the House Redistricting Committee (Solomons as chair); and all of them scored below 44% with an average for the committee at 27.2% (Texas Eagle Forum).


The “redistricting gremlin” has cost us conservatives. Rep. Wayne Christian has been one of the finest leaders of the conservatives in the House and in the Texas Republican Party for many years. The same can be said of Rep. Leo Berman.  Both lost in the primaries on May 29, 2012.

Wayne Christian lost his main base of conservative support through the redistricting maps and had to start trying to build support in all new areas that had strong Democrat leanings.

Gail Lowe, conservative member of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), has given years of dedicated service and has done much of the grunge work behind the scenes to move our Texas public schools away from Type #2 and back to Type #1 Philosophy of Education —


 Gail lost on Tuesday because six of her strongly conservative counties where she already had established trust with her constituents were replaced through redistricting with moderate-to-liberal counties that were deliberately selected based on past voting patterns.

 Then there is Thomas Ratliff, also a member of the SBOE.  Because he is a registered lobbyist for Microsoft and spends nearly the entire legislative session chumming with his cronies tied to the Straus/Dewhurst power machine, Thomas was able to hand-select exactly the counties he wanted under redistricting.  It was no surprise that the counties he selected matched up almost perfectly with the ones his own father Bill Ratliff controlled while he was in the Texas Senate.  

 Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled on 8.12.11 that Ratliff is “not eligible to serve on the Board. Thus, a registered lobbyist who has been paid to lobby the legislative or executive branch on a matter relating to Board business is ineligible to serve on the Board … Absent a mechanism to cure a violation in subsection 7.103(c), we cannot advise that a member of the Board may cure his or her ineligibility under the subsection.”https://www.oag.state.tx.us/opinions/opinions/50abbott/op/2011/htm/ga-0876.htm


 To translate, this means that Thomas Ratliff, a registered lobbyist who sells to clients that do business with the Texas State Board of Education and with the Texas Education Agency, is ineligible to serve on the SBOE; and the ineligibility cannot be “cured.”

 In other words, even though Ratliff says he can recuse himself from certain votes involving his clients, this argument is mute and void because Ratliff is not eligible to be on the SBOE in the first place.

 The problem is that short of a lawsuit, there does not seem to be any mechanism in Texas law to get Thomas Ratliff off the SBOE even though he is ineligible to be there. We had hoped that enough of the voters in Ratliff’s district would have voted for Randy Stevenson, a super-great candidate; but the “redistricting gremlin” served its purpose; and Ratliff won re-election to the SBOE.

 Thomas Ratliff was also helped along with the money from Daddy Ratliff’s Texas Parent Pac which is heavily subsidized by Charles Butt of H-E-B Supermarkets. To read more about this PAC, please go to:http://libertylinked.com/posts/9689/beware-texas-parent-pac/View.aspx 

Bennett Ratliff, who is Bill Ratliff’s son and Thomas Ratliff’s brother, is in the run-off in HD 114 against Steve Nguyen. Bill Ratliff’s Texas Parent PAC has undoubtedly been funding both Thomas and Bennett’s campaigns. I know nothing about Steve Nguyen, but could he be any worse than a Ratliff?

 Texas has suffered other casualties because of the redistricting gerrymandering done by the Straus/Dewhurst power machine, and it is no coincidence that the “champions” we lost were some of the most outstanding conservatives in our state.   

Excerpts from this article: 

Private Emails From Texas Speaker Joe Straus’s Office Reveal War Against Conservatives

In the next 72 hours, right after the election, members of the Texas House will have to begin considering who they will support for the speakership in 2013 — Mr. Straus, a self-described moderate dripping with disdain for conservatives, or the conservative Bryan Hughes.


These emails appear to me to be just the tip of the iceberg.Straus is a known liberal who was empowered predominantly by Democrats, and has held on to power through threats and intimidation. Conservatives in Texas have been fighting back; the question now is whether House Republicans in Texas will do what they have been elected to do… and stand up against Straus.



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“Does Santorum Want To Be Vice President?”

Date posted: March 30, 2012

By Donna Garner

The news headlines on Tuesday, 3.27.12, screamed:

 “Santorum: ‘Of Course’ I Would Serve As Romney’s Vice President

 GOP Contest Nearing End, Santorum Will Take Vice President   

Santorum, Are You Ready for Vice President?

Rick Santorum for President

To the casual reader, these headlines sent out a clear and intended message that the Santorum supporters should just fold up their tents and go home. 

However, it is the liberal media and the country club Republicans who have arbitrarily chosen Romney as the GOP candidate – not the common, everyday, working people who make up the majority of this country.

The leftwing media obviously wants Obama to win and believes Romney would be easily defeated by Obama because RomneyCare is the twin sister to ObamaCare.

When I read the Santorum-VP headlines, I immediately knew something was terribly wrong because nothing could be further from Santorum’s mind than to throw in the towel and let Romney win.

Santorum intends to win the Presidency and is expending all of his time and energy toward that end. His poll numbers are rising.

As of 3.28.12, Public Policy Polling (PPP) found:

Romney and Santorum are tied for the lead. 

Mr. Santorum has gained as Mr. Gingrich has declined.

If Gingrich dropped out of the race, Santorum would open up a 6 point lead in North Carolina with 43% to 37% for Romney and 13% for Paul.

The Nebraska poll shows Santorum solidly ahead 39%-25% over Romney.

Santorum has won 9 states, and the Louisiana exit polls prove that Santorum’s economic plan resonates with voters. Santorum won 46% to 30% among economy voters in Louisiana.

The Santorum Team has realistic prospects of mounting enough support to come out of the GOP Convention as the winner.

Santorum and his millions of hard-working supporters are certainly not thinking about settling for his becoming the Vice President under Romney.   

It has taken me a few days to track down the genesis of this Santorum-VP rumor, and I believe I finally have traced it back to comments Santorum made in an interview with David Brody on CBN News on 3.26.12

David Brody: If he for some reason asks you to be the vice presidential candidate on his ticket? I know, after is all said and done. Would you even consider it?

Rick SantorumOf course. I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country’s history. I’m going to do everything I can. I’m doing everything I can. I’m out there. In the last 10 months, I’ve had five days off. Two for Thanksgiving, and three for Christmas.

 I’ve been working every single day. My wife and my kids, we’re just busting our tail, because we know their future and all of our children’s future is at stake in this election. And I don’t want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter, 20 years from now, and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I don’t want to have that conversation.

 Brody: So, you’re keeping your options open.

 Santorum: I’ll do whatever is necessary to help our country. 

(3.26.12, CBN News,TheBrody File —  :Exclusive: Rick Santorum Doesn’t Rule Out Possible VP Slot: ‘I’ll do whatever is necessary to help our country.’

Santorum absolutely did not say nor even intimate, “Of course, I want to be Romney’s Vice President.” Santorum obviously was saying that he would do absolutely anything to keep our country from losing its freedom, even if it meant (heaven forbid) taking the Vice Presidency.

Then the next day on 3.27.12, CBS with its usual bias posted this glaring headline:  “Santorum: ‘Of Course’ I Would Serve As Romney’s Vice President.” The other media outlets immediately jumped on this misinformation and sent their biased articles pouring across the entire country.  

Let’s look at some of the other statements that Santorum made in this CBS article and see if it sounds as if Santorum plans to give up his run for the Presidency to become Romney’s Vice President. Also, let’s notice how CBS twisted what Santorum actually said the day before on CBN:   

…Santorum has called Romney ‘the worst Republican in the country’ to challenge President Barack Obama, but in a subsequent interview he said he would consider serving as Romney’s running mate.

‘This [healthcare] is the most important issue in this election,’ Santorum declared outside the Supreme Court on Monday while attorneys inside debated the constitutionality of the president’s health care law. ‘There’s one candidate who’s uniquely disqualified to make the case. That’s the reason I’m here and he’s not.’

Seizing on the health care debate as Romney focuses on the nation’s economy, Santorum is fueling tea partyers’ lingering skepticism about the former Massachusetts governor, who signed into law a state-based health care program that helped inspire Obama’s plan…

‘He’s [Romney] the worst candidate to go against Barack Obama on the most important issue of the day,’ Santorum said Monday, highlighting the Massachusetts health care law Romney signed in 2006. It requires all Massachusetts residents to purchase insurance, the same ‘individual mandate’ in question in Obama’s law.

‘Gay marriage went into effect under Gov. Romney. Fifty-dollar abortions went into effect under Gov. Romney, and free abortions for low-income people under Romney,’ Santorum said in Sheboygan, Wis.  (CBS News – DC – 3.26.12 —


It is safe to conclude that

(1) Santorum definitely is not giving up his Presidential run,

(2) the distortion of Santorum’s words is a desperation move on the part of Romney, who is growing more frustrated as his popularity either mainlines or drops, and

(3) the liberal media is deadset on getting its man Obama re-elected. 

The good news is that so long as we seek out the truth, listen to the candidates ourselves, review their actual transcripts, and overlook the bias that the media tries to throw at us, our candidate, Rick Santorum, will be the next President of the United States.


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The Truth: CNN Republican Debate

Date posted: September 14, 2011

By Donna Garner

I finally finished watching the CNN Republican Presidential debate (9.5.11) which was actually quite well done. Wolf Blitzer did a good job of keeping the debate moving, and his questions and comments seemed fair to all participants.

Because we live in Texas and Gov. Rick Perry is one of the Republican Presidential candidates, I know people across the country want to know the back-story on various issues about him. 

First, let me make it very clear that Gov. Perry would be worlds better than the person who is in the White House presently. I believe Gov. Perry to be a good person who has years of executive experience, and he has done some great things for our state.  If he wins the Republican primaries, my family and I will commit as much energy as possible to help him get elected to the Presidency. 

I would like to clarify a few points that came up during the debate, however.  


In 2001, Gov. Perry signed HB 1403 that allows illegals to attend Texas colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. The illegals must have graduated from a Texas high school and must have lived in our state for at least three years. 

Yes, these illegal’s must sign an affidavit swearing that they intend to apply for permanent residency as soon as possible; but here is the catch:  Nobody is officially charged with making sure these illegal’s are carrying through on their sworn promises of seeking legal residency. 

At one point in a prior debate, Gov. Perry said that the Texas Education Agency was doing the verification; but then a spokesperson from the Agency made it clear that their job is to oversee only primary and secondary public schools — not students who are in colleges/universities. 

Then when Texas college admission officials were asked if they do the verification duties, the higher-end officials said they do not check to see that these illegal’s are pursuing permanent residency because there is nothing in HB 1403 that requires them to do so.   

Bottom line:  “Nobody is minding the store.”  

The sad thing is that there is a limited number of incoming students who can be admitted to some of our Texas universities.  If an illegal wins admittance and the limit is maxed out, then a legal who applies is denied admittance. 

In 2003, the state of Oklahoma passed a similar law to that of the one passed in Texas; however, Oklahoma repealed it because as Oklahoma State Rep. Randy Terrill said,  “States ought not to be in the business of subsidizing illegal aliens…Every one dollar you make available to an illegal immigrant is one dollar you are not giving to one of your citizens. To grant illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates directly discriminates against non-resident U.S. citizens from surrounding states. That is a direct violation of the equal protection clause.” (MarylandReporter.com, 4.6.11) 


Several candidates in the CNN debate mentioned the “opt-out” form that Gov. Perry included in his mandate for all public school sixth-grade girls to be given the HPV vaccine.  At the time, Gardasil produced by Merck was the only HPV vaccine available. 

An opt-out form in contrast to an opt-in form is a very different document.   

Having been a classroom teacher for 33+ years, I know that most students along with their parents will not take the time to file an opt-out form because they listen and believe the liberal news media that tells them about “safe sex” methods, including the HPV vaccine.

I worked as a researcher/writer for Scott & White Worth the Wait (an abstinence-only sex education program) for several years.  Most everyone in the sex education community knows the advantages and disadvantages ofopt-in and opt-out forms.  So did Gov. Perry/Merck/Gardasil back in 2007. 

If school districts want to teach contraceptive education, they almost always require an opt-out form to be signed. This means that if parents want to keep their children from being taught contraceptive use, the parents must take the time and make the effort to sign and return the opt-out form.  Since most parents won’t take the time and make the effort to sign an opt-out form, students are automatically kept in the room when contraceptives are taught which is what liberal school authorities actually want. 

Since Perry/Merck/Gardasil wanted young girls to get the vaccine, Perry/Merck/Gardasil required parents to sign an opt-out form knowing full well that most parents would not take the time and make the effort to sign an opt-out form.  Thus, most young girls would have received the Gardasil vaccine which was the true intent of the opt-out form.  

In contrast, if Perry/Merck/Gardasil had required an opt-in form to be signed, then no girls would have been allowed to receive the vaccine unless their parents had intentionally taken the time and made the effort to sign a form giving the school permission.  

The end result of an opt-in mandate would have been that few parents would have signed an opt-in form, and few girls would have received the HPV vaccine.   

This was evidently not the result that Perry/Merck/Gardasil desired, and that is the reason why Gov. Perry’s mandate included a parental opt-out form instead of an opt-in form. 


Here is the article that I sent out widely several days after Gov. Perry signed his executive order in February 2007 mandating that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine. 

Here is the article that I sent out widely several days after Gov. Perry signed his executive order in February 2007 mandating that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine.

Gov. Rick Perry’s Huge Mistake

by Donna Garner February 5, 2007

Governor Perry has made a huge mistake in signing an executive order which mandates that all sixth-grade girls entering public schools by the fall of 2008 must be vaccinated for HPV. (Gardasil is produced by Merck Pharmaceuticals.)   

A public debate in the Legislature should have preceded such a drastic move, and all the medical data and parents’ rights issues should have been brought forward for careful consideration.  

To justify his executive order, Gov. Perry said that receiving an HPV vaccination is no different than receiving a polio vaccination; but obviously polio does not involve sexual behaviors. Certainly a girl’s parents should be the sole decision makers in making the choice for such a vaccination.   

Now parents are being told they must get their young daughters vaccinated against HPV as if to say to the child, “We do not expect nor believe that you will stay abstinent until marriage.” 

The decision to get young girls vaccinated for HPV is not an easy decision to make. In less than a year since approval, 82 cases of serious adverse events following HPV vaccinations of Gardasil have been reported(http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?PAGENO=1&PERPAGE=10&VAX=HPV4).  These incidents should have been discussed thoroughly in open forum in the Legislature before any mandate was even considered.  

Texas parents can opt their children out of the HPV vaccinations by going to www.vaclib.org/exempt/texas.htmand following the instructions which state, “An affidavit signed by the applicant or, if a minor, by the applicant’s parent or guardian stating that the applicant declines immunization for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A form must be obtained at the Health Department.”

Parents need to evaluate all aspects of the HPV vaccine since there are no long-term studies yet on the way these sixth graders might be affected in future years when it comes time for them to have their own babies. Also, since the vaccine has only followed girls for five years, nobody knows for sure how long the vaccination may last without having a booster.

The HPV vaccine only covers 4 out of 30 types of HPV (Types 6, 11,16,18) which account for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. That still leaves 30% of cervical cancers and 10% of genital warts which are not covered by the HPV vaccine. 

Also, it will be important for the public to be continually reminded that there are many more sexually transmitted diseases than just HPV (e.g., chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, AIDS, etc.)

A definite drawback to Gardasil is that girls must get three full doses of the vaccine for it to be effective. How many families are going to understand the urgency of making sure their girls get three full doses over a six months’ period of time?  

The seriousness of HPV has been one of the driving forces behind the plea for teens to remain abstinent until marriage.  Condoms do not offer adequate protection against HPV since the virus is often carried on the parts of the body which are not covered by the condom. 

It is important not to downplay the seriousness of HPV. Close to 90% of women who are infected with HPV will clear it; but according to the American Cancer Society webpage, “The American Cancer Society predicts that there will be about 11,150 new cases of invasive cervical cancer in the United States in 2007. About 3,670 women will die from this disease that same year.”  

In other words, only a small percentage of 80% of women will develop cervical cancer; but because 80% represents a huge number of women, the small percentage of 80% adds up to a very sizeable population — 11,150 new cases with 3,670 yearly who will die of HPV. 

Gov. Perry should have avoided the appearance of being bought off by the HPV vaccine lobbyists.  Mike Toomey is a lobbyist for Merck and was Gov. Perry’s former chief of staff.  Since 2005, Merck has given Gov. Perry $6,000 for his campaign.  His present chief of staff’s mother-in-law is Rep. Diane Delisi who is state director of Women in Government, a powerful group which is pushing Merck’s agenda —http://www.womeningovernment.org/prevention/documents/LargeCampaignActivityMap2-1-2007.pdf). 

Middle-income taxpayers will be hit twice: once to pay higher private insurance premiums and second, to pay for higher taxes to cover the cost of free immunizations for girls on Medicaid and other state/federal programs. 

Gov. Perry’s executive order gives the public another reason to doubt politicians. The Governor said he did not talk to anyone from Merck, and technically that may be right. But I suspect that his wife, a nurse, was lobbied very heavily by Merck. 

Gov. Perry and his wife may have been very well meaning in trying to protect girls from this dangerous disease; but an executive order was the wrong way to gain public acceptance of the HPV vaccination. 

A better solution would have been for the Governor to have thrown the power and influence of his office behind abstinence-until-marriage programs and to have enlisted all state agencies, public schools, the film industry, and the media to surround our teens with the unequivocal abstinence message. 

If after studying all the medical information about the HPV vaccination, the parents want their daughters to have the vaccination, then that should be the parents’ decision and not one made by a politician.


Since I wrote the above article in 2007, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported on 8.8.11 that in the U. S. there have been 32 confirmed deaths in women out of 54 suspicious deaths from Gardasil and 8,727 reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System following Gardasil vaccinations (e.g., blood clots, fainting, Guillain-Barré syndrome).


To read my 8.15.11 article on “The Good and the Bad About Gov. Perry,” 




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