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CSCOPE ~ Responding the the “Stakeholders”

Date posted: February 21, 2013

It truly is amazing how blatant they are.

I was writing on WomenOnTheWall.org  about how I was  just as insulted as Colleen Vera was that we were not included with some of the heroes of the #StopCSCOPE movement Ginger Russell and her Mom Janice VanCleave  in a power point presentation made for the CSCOPE State Conference in San Antonio. You can read about it here and sign on with myself and so many other Moms and Dads demanding that your name be included in the CSCOPE power point slide #8 as a critic opposing CSCOPE and the TESCCC. You can also email or contact Mason Moses and demand you be put on slide #8.  

Mason Moses
Public Information Officer
Texas System of Education Service Centers

Mason.Moses@esc13.txed.net

Office: 512-919-5349
Fax: 512-919-5232

While looking through the power point presentation for this upcoming Summer Statewide CSCOPE Conference linked here>>.CSCOPE Intimidating Citizens. I came across slide #9 Why is Thomas Ratliff giving commentary on CSCOPE and defending it? 

 

Thomas Ratliff - Registered Lobbyist - SBOE Rep.

Thomas Ratliff – Registered Lobbyist – SBOE Rep.

Isn’t this interesting? Below is what Slide #9  says……

Controversy in the Media

Responding to Stakeholders…

    • Guidelines for providing CSCOPE access to stakeholders
    • Adhere to district policy and guidelines for how CSCOPE content should or may be shared/displayed.
    • Adhere to the TESCCC DULA and Terms of Use by not

The key word being “Stakeholders”. Isn’t that an interesting choice of a word- “Stakeholder”? My friends over at Agendawise.com wrote a piece that I believe hits the nail on the head. Weston Hicks asks the question……

Why would CSCOPE be allowed to stay? 

On what basis should CSCOPE receive political support from government officials to stay in Texas classrooms, and profit from Texas taxpayers?

CSCOPE has been exposed engaging in the worst educational malpractice possible.

With disregard for the rules in the State of Texas, CSCOPE brought curriculum into our children’s classrooms that:

  1. Calls the Boston Tea Party a terrorist act,
  2. Makes kids create a communist/socialist flag,
  3. Christianity is called a cult, and treated as illegitimate,
  4. Communism is placed at the top of the ladder of big ideas of the last 2 centuries, capitalism is at the bottom and socialism is in the middle,
  5. Free Enterprise is framed as a selfish system
  6. Islam is taught under the cover of “cultural understanding”

This is just a few things CSCOPE is guilty of. It is hard to imagine a higher level of educational malpractice or broken trust.

Action is currently being taken against CSCOPE, but so far “regulate them better” is the only message out there. Hopefully, the grassroots changes that soon.

What would it say to other bad actors trying to infiltrate our schools if mighty Texas can’t kick CSCOPE out of classrooms, and off of taxpayer bill?

The progress the grassroots has made against CSCOPE so far is great, but good things are never easy. The grassroots should stay involved to make sure the punishment fits the crime, and to make sure the punishment advertised is followed through on. Words guarantee very little these days.

Especially now, Texas needs to show that there is still a government somewhere that knows how to match a problem with the correct solution. 

So who are the Stakeholders? 

In another article by the team at Agendawise.com Ruling class funtime (judges, and educrats, and ParentPACs, oh my!) I believe the money quote as my friend Adam Cahnman says is….. “Straus has done his part to ward off reform to the public education system in Texas, a system that is broken in one sense and high-performance in another. It is broken for the purposes of education, but it is lean, mean, and high performance as a political special interest juggernaut.” 

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That brings me back to the CSCOPE power point presentation and Thomas Ratliff who recorded a response to the critics of CSCOPE. You can listen to it here.

http://www.reg8.net/users/0012/docs/CSCOPE.mp3

Who is Thomas Ratliff? Why is he a Stakeholder to CSCOPE?

Ratliff is the son of former moderate Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff and brother of Freshman House of Representative Bennett Ratliff who it just so happens was named by moderate Speaker of the House Joe Straus to the  2013 Public Education Committee.

Oh by the way….

Thomas Ratliff was ruled to be an illegal member of the SBOE  – registered lobbyist with conflict of interest

Ratliff is a registered lobbyist for Microsoft who sells to clients who do business with the Texas State Board of Education and with the Texas Education Agency, and was ruled by Attorney General Greg Abbott  to be  ineligible to serve on the SBOE.

The AG went even further and stated that because Ratliff is ineligible even to be on the SBOE, then Ratliff’s argument in which he says he can recuse himself from certain votes involving his clients is actually mute and void because Ratliff should not be on the SBOE in the first place.  

Teachers come firstSo now the question becomes…. is it about educating Texas children or is it about a ruling class of special interest groups who are making millions of dollars off of our Tax dollars and taking money that should be going to hire good teachers who actually know how to educate children with solid Type 1 education and who know how to write a scope and sequence instead of depending on an ineffective curriculum like CSCOPE. 

Here is a little financial information you may be interested in. 

“CSCOPE: How Much Have Taxpayers Paid?”

Statement from Tom Fabry:

These two areas alone — $13 Million for CSCOPE and $30 Million for TASA/TASB — add up to more than $43 Million tax dollars – all going [each year] to unelected organizations outside the control of the SBOE. 

Many of these are the same Texas school districts that have filed a lawsuit to force the Texas Legislature to give them more of our tax dollars.

Maybe that is why so many were working hard to try and prevent Barbara Cargill from fulfilling her postion as the Chairman of the SBOE. 

2012BarbaraCargillBlessings are abundant though, Barbara Cargill stood strong  and with a huge ground swell of support from the Grassroots I am happy to report that today the Full Senate approved Chairman Barbara Cargill. 

I totally agree with Ms. Mac. Please email or call and send a message of congratulations and support to Chairman Barbara Cargill…. 

She is not paid.  She works long hours.

She is often away from home.

She is carrying a huge load on her shoulders.  She is dealing with unprecedented problems.

She is constantly being labeled or demonized because of her conservative views and her faith.

She needs to hear from us.   Please forward this request to your members and urge them to take a minute out of their day to make

Barbara Cargill feel that she has an army of support watching her back.

Her Contact information is:

Barbara Cargill (R)
The Woodlands, TX 
 (512) 463-9007 
sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

Key Steps to take to protect our children and grandchildren!  

Conservatives must stand strong in the race for Speaker of the Texas House ACTION STEP: #1 ~ Join the Movement to#StopCSCOPE ~ Sign the Petition NOW – http://womenonthewall.org/cscope-petition

ACTION STEP: #2 Start helping REP. STEVE TOTH with his very important bill HB 760 — The CSCOPE Transparency Act To Ensure Consistent Oversight of Public School Curriculum  

*Note:  Janice VanCleave regularly updates her CSCOPE website:www.TxCscopeReview.com

Women On The Wall Radio ~ WBTM Guest Lisa Benson

Women On the Wall will be taking on this issue and sharing information and updates on our weekly radio show on Monday mornings at 10 am CST. You will not want to miss this show. We will have up to date information on CSCOPE  and guests who are the experts on education and other issues that are effecting our children and grandchildren.

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

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Message to the entire United States: The Grassroots is Powerful, We have Proof ~ CSCOPE

Date posted: February 9, 2013

“Message to the entire United States: It was grassroots citizens in Texas who got involved and uncovered CSCOPE.  We can make a difference when we do our “homework” and then contact our elected officiaIMG_7114ls.  Our successful efforts in Texas to bring about change in CSCOPE can be replicated throughout this country to uncover the Common Core Standards which are the Obama administration’s takeover of the public schools right under the noses of the unsuspecting public” – Donna Garner

 

PRESS RELEASE – FROM TEX. SEN. DAN PATRICK, DISTRICT 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              

February 8, 2013       

 

SEN. PATRICK AND CSCOPE ANNOUNCE SWEEPING CHANGES

AUSTIN- Senator Dan Patrick, in coordination with the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), announces significant changes to the CSCOPE curriculum management system. 

The TESCCC has worked with Senator Patrick, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and the State Board of Education (SBOE), to address concerns raised at a recent committee hearing on the CSCOPE system.  The two parties have agreed to several immediate as well as forthcoming changes.

The changes that take effect immediately include:

· All future meetings of the TESCCC Governing Board, beginning with the February meeting, will be public with all the respective notice requirements being met.

· The TESCCC will begin a joint review process of all CSCOPE lessons with the SBOE beginning with Social Studies.

· Amendment of all Terms of Use Agreements, signed by both teachers and districts, removing civil or criminal penalties associated with the release of CSCOPE content.

· Clarifying that all teachers and districts may post any and all CSCOPE lessons that they deem necessary.

 

CSCOPE

Photo Courtesy of Times Record News

In addition to these immediate transparency and quality control changes, CSCOPE will also undergo structural, governance, and other changes, including: 

· Ending the non-profit 501(c)3 arrangement that incorporates CSCOPE.

· Initiating the posting of CSCOPE lesson content to their public website.

· Creating a standing curriculum review panel, comprised of:  parents, teachers, school administrators, members of the SBOE, and TESCCC board members.

 

Finally, CSCOPE is notifying all participating school districts that lessons are not intended to be taught verbatim, and the Governing Board generally recommends that local districts utilize CSCOPE lessons solely as a resource. 

 

Until CSCOPE lessons can be reviewed through a collaborative process with the SBOE and TESCCC, districts are strongly encouraged to review all lessons at the local level, to ensure that lessons are appropriate for their students.

 

State Board of Education chair Barbara Cargill is encouraged by the changes, saying, “I appreciate CSCOPE’s willingness to address concerns brought to light recently. The State Board of Education looks forward to working with them to resolve these issues, so CSCOPE can remain a useful tool for participating school districts.”

 

Anne Poplin, chair of the TESCCC Governing Board agreed, stating, “We have heard the concerns raised and are working hard to maintain the public’s trust in CSCOPE.  We appreciate Chair Cargill and Senator Patrick’s desire to assist us in ensuring that CSCOPE remains a valuable district resource in the future.”

  

Photo by Sandy Kelly

Photo by Sandy Kelly

Senator Dan Patrick agreed, “I’m glad the CSCOPE Board realizes that immediate and long term changes must be made to address the serious issues raised by our committee, parents, and teachers. Our committee will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure they follow through with their commitments. We will also be looking at legislation to ensure these changes cannot be reversed in the future and that the SBOE continues in their role of oversight of CSCOPE content. The future of the program will depend on CSCOPE keeping the commitments they have made and gaining the trust of the legislature, teachers, and parents.

This is a battle won and key in shining a light on the true challenges and work ahead!! 

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

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Argyle ISD Parents and Concerned Texans ~ CSCOPE Meeting~ Wed. Feb 6th Argyle High Lecture Hall

Date posted: February 1, 2013

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You are asked to join us at the Argyle High School Lecture Hall for the Community Meeting on CSCOPE

Argyle High School – Lecture Hall 

191 S. Hwy 377
Argyle, Tx 76226

Wednesday Feb. 6th 

6:30 PM

On Thursday January 31st there was a hearing on CSCOPE in the Texas Senate. CSCOPE is a technology based time management curriculum that Argyle ISD has just adopted this year.  You may be interested to know that Mid way through the hearing Senator Patrick rightly concluded that “if CSCOPE was an airline, it would be grounded but because it’s in 875 plus schools (79% of all ISD’s and over 90% of the small ISD’s) it can’t be immediately unplugged.”  

So the question is, what are we as a community going to do about it? To the credit of the Argyle administration, Dr. Wright is holding and information meeting for the Argyle community. Our job as parents and grandparents is first to show up and get educated on what CSCOPE is, and how it is being used by our district. Many of you have seen the Wing Span e-mail sent out that the CSCOPE representatives will be here on February 6th at 6:30 in the evening to give a presentation. 

It is also very important for you to know that Dr. Wright has allowed us to bring in 4 of the key people who testified in the hearings yesterday along with myself to also present why they have concerns with CSCOPE. In addition, I have asked Wayne Richard to come and moderate the discussion on CSCOPE. 

Wayne Smile Full Chest Wayne Richard is President of ICglobal.net, a technology firm he founded 21 years ago specializing in Internet based solutions.   Wayne is also owner of Liberty Radio and Broadcasting, LLC and hosts the Wayne Richard Radio Show.

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I am honored to let you know that sitting on the panel exposing the other side of  CSCOPE we will have. 

Charlie GarzaCharlie Garza 

Former State Board of Education official, current principal at Prime Academy. Garza has a long list of accomplishments that include over two decades of military service in the US Navy where he received numerous commendations, teaching at multiple grades levels and serving as an administrator at elementary, junior high and high school campuses.

 

 

 

Stan HartzlerDr. Stan Hartzler

Dr. Hartzler taught mathematics, science, computer science, and journalism for 21 years in junior highs and high schools, mostly in suburban Chicago and Texas .  He taught mathematics and education courses for 17 years in higher education, starting a Master’s program in Texas and a Ph.D. program in Louisiana .  Dr. Hartzler served as K-12 mathematics and science program leader for the Oklahoma City Public Schools.  He was one of the first two full-time employees of Saxon Publishers.

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Janice Vancleave 
 

A native Texas and a retired Texas Educator. After 27 years of teaching secondary science, Janice began a career of writing science experiment books for John Wiley and Sons publishing. These science publication include 50+ books for kids K-12 as well as Science Resources for Teachers. The books are translated into 15 foreign languages and sold world wide. 
Janice has a science website with more than one thousand free science articles with activities and information. This website also has a link to contact Janice directly for tips and information about science fair projects or just to ask a science question. Janice donates her time to kids, parents and educators that want to know more about science.
Janice and others continued to expose CSCOPE which has led to a meeting with the Texas Commissioner of Education and a hearing before the senate education committee, under the direction of Senator Dan Patrick.

Ginger Russell

Ginger Russell

 Political Activist, Christian, 

Mother, Wife and Grandmother. 
Home schooled both of her daughters. 
Claim to fame- daughter of Science Author Janice VanCleave.
Along with the amazing work she has done tirelessly to exspose what is in the CSCOPE curriculum
 

 

Alice teapartyAlice Linahan 

Argyle Mom who is on a journey to  uncover CSCOPE in our own back yard. Alice is also politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. She is a board member of WomenOnTheWall.org   and TXAlliance4EthicalGovernment.

Don’t Miss  The Argyle Community CSCOPE Meeting 

Because concerns over CSCOPE have been raised the Argyle Administration is being smart and pro-active.The community information meeting has been called and your job is to show up and ask questions so we can protect our children and grandchildren. 

Argyle High School – Lecture Hall 

Wednesday Feb. 6th 

6:30 PM

Click the link the Most Amazing Senate Ed. Hearing Ever — CSCOPE which has information on the Senate Hearing at the Capital on Jan. 31. 

Hope to see you on Wed. Feb. 6th. Our children and grandchildren are worth it. 

 WOMEN ON THE WALL RADIO TAKES ON CSCOPE WITH EDUCATION EXPERT DONNA GARNER.

 

WBTM Women On The Wall Radio with Donna Garner

 

You can find out HERE if your district is using CSCOPE! 

 

Thank you Sen. Dan Patrick on a job well done.

Thank you Sen. Dan Patrick on a job well done.

 

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

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AGENDA — TEXAS SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE – CSCOPE

Date posted: January 31, 2013

AGENDA  — TEXAS SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE – CSCOPE

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Capitol Extension, E1.028

8:30 a.m.

CSCOPE

Photo Courtesy of Times Record News

 

I. Call to Order

II. Committee Business

III. Opening remarks from Chair and members

IV. SB 135 Patrick

Relating to the use of a public school student’s performance on an end-of-course assessment instrument in determining the student’s final grade for the course.

IMG_7114V. CSCOPE Review

Panel 1:

• Dr. Linda Villareal, Executive Director, Region 2 ESC

• Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director, Region 13 ESC

• Dr. Wade Labay, Ed.D., Director, State CSCOPE

 Panel 2:

• Ms. Mac (Jeanine McGregor), Education Researcher, K-12 Teacher (GT& Special-ED), Author

• Mary Bowen , Educator

• Dr. Stan Hartzler, Educator

• Peggy Venable, Director, Americans for Prosperity-Texas

• Carlos Charlie Garza, Former Member, State Board of Education, District 1Principal

Panel 3:

• Dr. Doug Killian, Superintendent, Hutto ISD

• Dr. Marc Williamson, Superintendent, Fredericksburg ISD

• Dr. Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent, Grand Prairie ISD

Panel 4:

• Barbara Cargill, Chair, State Board of Education

• Patricia Ann Hardy, Texas State Board of Education, District 11

• Holly Eaton, Director of Professional Development and Advocacy, Texas Classroom Teachers Association

 

VI. Public Testimony  [This hearing may go for many hours because if the full Senate is called into session, this Senate Ed. public hearing will be delayed.  We have been told that every person who wants to testify will be heard.  — Donna Garner]

VII. Recess

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 it. 

 

 WOMEN ON THE WALL RADIO TAKES ON CSCOPE WITH EDUCATION EXPERT DONNA GARNER.

 

WBTM Women On The Wall Radio with Donna Garner

 

You can find out HERE if your district is using CSCOPE! 

Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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Join the movement expose corruption in Texas Politics go to Tea Party 911 for a daily briefing.

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