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So did you notice… The political maneuvering in the Texas Legislature over CSCOPE?

Date posted: May 27, 2013

Photo courtesy of Sen. Dan Patrick’s FB page

Let’s connect some dots…… 

Remember last week the big announcement on the Glen Beck show by Senator Dan Patrick that CSCOPE was gone?  

Well not so fast Sen. Patrick. It looks like the political maneuvering to help protect the ESC’s (Education Service Centers) may not have worked out for you. 

Word from the capitol is that once this deal was made with the TESCCC directors- (those who own the CSCOPE curriculum) illegally because they are actually the 20 ESC directors- Senator Patrick expected that Freshman legislative hero Rep. Steve Toth would pull his HB 760 because there was no need for oversight by the SBOE if CSCOPE no longer was in the business of selling curriculum to Texas school districts.  Well it seems Rep. Steve Toth wisely saw this as political back door deal and choose not to take the advise of Sen. Patrick- he did not pull HB 760. 

“We owe a large thank you to the moms and dads who have brought the issues with CSCOPE to light. I believe that this is a great step forward and a great example of how this legislative process works. In the press conference, I mentioned the intention to pull down SB1406 / HB760 from the House Calendar vote given the agreement contracted between the CSCOPE and State Officials. When this was stated, I was under the impression CSCOPE would be fully withdrawn from the local ISDs.”

Representative Toth continued, “Under further review, I have found the Education Service Centers do not intend to pull CSCOPE fully out of the school districts. Seems that the CSCOPE lessons may be withdrawn but CSCOPE will still be alive and well within the districts. According to local teachers, they are now being encouraged to download or print the curriculum and content prior to the removal so that it can be used in the future. This is not what I agreed to when I stated I would pull down the bill for a vote. After speaking to the Chair of the State Board of Education and other legislators who have worked tirelessly to see this through the legislative process and support the oversight of CSCOPE, I decided to leave SB1406 / HB760 to the will of the Texas House. 

You see there are back room deals being done daily that control our children’s future. From what Texas Tea Party Leader Ray Myers learned at the Canton Education Forum this past Saturday he clearly understands what is happening behind the scenes and is asking the right questions. Below is an e-mail I received from him titled…. 

 The Masquerade in our Schools!

Our Children and Grandchildren are the victims~

Senator Dan Patrick and other “So-Called– Respected” education proponents are playing a shell game with our Kids–AND I BELIEVE HE AND OTHERS KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON!

 
CSCOPE IS NOT DEAD– ICLOUD IS COMING FAST AND OUR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL GURU’S WILL CONTINUE TO GET RICH ON “LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS!”–
 
LET THIS SINK IN……” THERE IS NO MONEY IN SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS!”
 
If you want to get into the meat of the problem in our public schools– check this out:
“There is “NO Money” in successful schools.”
 
Wonder why all of the money goes to low performing schools—duh– that is the lefts target!
We need to check out who is making millions on low performing schools.
Why is CSCOPE and ICLOUD designed to NOT raise test scores– Guess What! 
Money is tied to the Dumbing Down of America!
EDUCATION CONSULTANTS, POLITICIANS, SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS, TECHNOLOGY VENDER’S AND TOP END SUPERINTENDENTS–AND OTHERS TO BE UNCOVERED.  We are digging NOW!
Successful students is not the goal of the CSCOPE & ICLOUD proponents.
 
ARE WE ON TO SOMETHING?
Two Points:
  • The Short-term goal of the Yellow Team is making money off Low-performing Schools
  • The Long-term goal of the Red Team is indoctrination and Control.  Dumb people are easier to control– 

So let that sink in and prepare to build the ground troops across this state to Seek the Truth, Share the truth, and STAND FOR THE TRUTH! 

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BAD BILLS — SB 1724 (Sen. Dan Patrick), SB 3 (Sen. Dan Patrick), and HB 5 (Rep. Aycock) (Updated)

Date posted: April 1, 2013

Donna Garner

To:  Open Letter to Texas Legislators

From:  Donna Garner

Re:  BAD BILLS — SB 1724 (Sen. Dan Patrick),  SB 3 (Sen. Dan Patrick), and HB 5 (Rep. Aycock)

CATEGORIES IN EDUCATION by Donna Garner

 


Generally, I believe there are two different types of philosophies of education; and nearly all educators, curriculum, vendors, organizations, and advocacy groups fall into one of these two categories.  (3.3.13 — “Type #1 and Type #2 — Two Completely Different Philosophies of Education” —

Green Yellow and Red

 

 

Next, there are also three different types of individuals involved; and we can see this all across America.

The “green” people are those who go-along to get-along; they go with the status quo and are content to follow whatever teaching fad is in vogue at the present time. These people are not bad people but are easily deceived by those who have ulterior motives (e.g., drive-by media, national educator organizations, left-leaning politicians, CSCOPE, Common Core Standards).

 

The “yellow” people are those who are driven by greed, money, power, and fame. Many of these people are vendors, lobbyists, or school employees who look past the egregious content of their products so long as they themselves are benefitting.  Into this group fall some CSCOPE/TESCCC/ESC employees, Thomas Ratliff, Mike Moses, Pat Jacoby, TASA, TASB, etc.

 

The “red” people know exactly what they are doing. They have long-term goals to change America, and they realize that the best way to do this is to indoctrinate this and succeeding generations of school children in their classrooms.  Into this group fall such people as Obama, Arne Duncan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Bill Ayers, the National Education Organization, and many other left-leaners.      

 

Politicians can come in all different colors – green, yellow, and red. Those who blindly follow are green. Those who seek fame, fortune, and/or control for themselves are yellow. Those whose aim is to change America from a capitalist, free-market Republic into a Socialist, Communist, Marxist country are red.  

 

I do not believe that very many of our Texas Legislators fall into the “red” category, but I do believe many of them do fall into the “green” or “yellow” categories.

 

#1 – LEGISLATORS IGNORED WARNINGS ABOUT ONLINE CURRICULUM

 

For whatever reason, Texas legislators did not listen to us grassroots citizens when we tried to warn them about online curriculum.  We told them that when curriculum can be changed “at the click of a mouse,” problems would certainly follow. (Enter Type #2 CSCOPE!) 

 

I personally made sure that Texas Legislators knew about the Texas Technology Immersion Project that cost $20 Million, was funded by the federal government, and was conducted right here in Texas where it used the TAKS tests to show whether immersing students with computers would raise their academic achievement (http://educationviews.org/research-laptops-do-not-increase-academic-achievement-in-reading-and-writing/ ).  It did not!  The TIP research proved, “There were no statistically significant effects of immersion on the TAKS reading and Writing.

The legislators overlooked the TIP research and went right ahead and passed SB 6 in the 82nd Legislative Session.  It was SB 6 that allowed Type #2 CSCOPE to slither into approximately 80% of Texas’ public schools even though the Texas State Board of Education had assiduously worked to adopt new Type #1 curriculum standards (TEKS) starting with the English TEKS in May 2008.

SB 6 opened the door to CSCOPE, Safari Montage, and TASA iCLOUD  – none of which have gone through the SBOE public review process and all of which can be bought by the local school district with the state’s Instructional Materials Funds (IMF). The IMF can be used for not only the online learning materials but also for the cost of software, hardware, maintenance, and technology staff.  Millions of dollars are being spent on online learning/computers/iPADS/iPhones without any peer-reviewed, replicated research to prove that students’ writing and reading abilities will improve!

 

#2 – LEGISLATORS IGNORED WARNINGS ABOUT CHANGING THE “NEW PLAN”

Texas legislators in this 83rd Legislative Session have filed SB 3, SB 1724, and HB 5 which will dumb down our Texas public schools by destroying the New Plan (my terminology).  The New Plan took at least 10 years for conservative leaders to pass.  It requires the vast majority of Texas high-school students to take the 4 x 4 (4 years of English, Math, Science, Social Studies).  The New Plan also includes holding both students and teachers accountable on the STAAR/EOC’s in each grade level/each course.  (Please read “To Gripers: Let New Plan for Texas Public Schools Continue”– http://educationviews.org/to-gripers-let-new-plan-for-texas-public-schools-continue/ )

 

In the above article I carefully explained that if Texans want students to learn the following, then the New Plan must remain in place:  

 

RESULTS OF TYPE #1*

 

·        If we want our public school children to learn to read well, we must have Type #1.

·        If we want them to be able to speak and write English well, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want them to be patriotic citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and know and honor the Constitution, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our graduates to be knowledgeable voters who know history and can analyze current events based upon the past and the present, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our public school children to recognize that they and the whole world were created by a Higher Being, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our public school children to know their math facts to automaticity, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our public school children to be able to do well in foreign languages, then we must have Type #1 that teaches the phonetic sound system and grammar/usage in     English so that they can apply that to their foreign language learning.  

·        If we want our public school children to read the great pieces of literature that have connected our country to past generations, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our public school children to have the skills and knowledge they need for college and/or the workplace, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want to turn out scientists who are well read, logical, analytical, and who can write down their scientific conclusions, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our graduates to be able to write compositions built upon facts and persuasive techniques, then we must have Type #1.

·        If we want our high-school students to know how to research a topic and then put that information into well-written text, we must have Type #1.

·        If we want legislators who are well read and who have a deep understanding of world history/American history/U. S. legal system and how those apply to current events, then we must have Type #1.

 

#3 – LEGISLATORS IGNORED WARNINGS ABOUT THE TWO-TRACK SYSTEM

 

Again Texas legislators did not listen when we tried to tell them that Texas does not want a two-track system. (“Texas Does Not Want a Two-Track System But Wants All To Be Educated Citizens” — http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/texas-does-not-want-a-two-track-system-in-high-school-but-wants?xg_source=activity ).

Many states have bought into the two-track system where a very small percentage of the high school student body receives a college-preparatory education and the largest percentage of the student body receives vocational training with limited in-depth study of the great books and ideas of the world. (Obama’s Common Core Standards follows the two-track plan.  HB 5, SB 3, and SB 1724 filed during this legislative session also will produce the two-track plan.)

In Texas, however, if legislators will quit trying to gut the New Plan (and if HB 760 and SB 1406 are passed that will put CSCOPE and ESC products under the authority of the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education), the vast majority of our high-school students will graduate under the 4 x 4 with a basic core foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare them to be well-educated citizens and voters of tomorrow; but they will still have time during the school day to delve into the particular elective fields that interest them.

 

Not only does Texas have the best graduation requirement plan (the New Plan) which will turn out well-educated future citizens, but we also have the most fact-based, academic curriculum standards (TEKS – Type #1) in the whole United States.

 

Together with the New Plan, the new Type #1 TEKS,  and the new Type #1 tests (STAAR/EOC), Texas’ public schools are on the way to authentic education reform if legislators will let the plan be fully implemented. Presently, Texas sophomores on down are on the New Plan.  Seniors and juniors are on the “old” graduation plan and the “old” Type #2 TEKS.

 

Since under the New Plan most Texas high-school students will be graduating with a broad-based background of core knowledge and skills, our graduates will be able to make choices among college and/or career opportunities. If their chosen vocation suddenly collapses in a changing and uncertain economy, our Texas students will be well educated enough to move into other vocations.

 

#4 – LEGISLATORS HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS

 

To challenge legislators and policymakers to think about the negative consequences of the ill-conceived bills (SB 3, SB 1724, and HB 5) that will gut the 15 STAAR/EOC’s and the 4 x 4 graduation requirements, I have asked these people to answer the following questions.  So far, I have received no answers.  Here are the questions:

 

MY QUESTIONS FOR TEXAS LEGISLATORS AND POLICYMAKERS

 

Question #1:  What is your plan to force the hard-headed education establishment to leave their Type #2 TAKS-based curriculum and move their students into Type #1 Texas curriculum standards (TEKS) and the new STAAR/End-of-Course tests built upon them?

 

The reality is that teachers will teach whatever they are held publicly accountable to teach.  If you de-emphasize the STAAR/EOC’s, what would make the education establishment ditch the old Type #2, dumbed-down curriculum standards and move to the new, more rigorous Type #1 curriculum standards? 

 

If you are unhappy with the type of graduates coming out of our Texas public schools and you are worried about the educational level of our Texas workforce, what is your plan to improve their foundational, academic skills?  After all, if students cannot read, write, and speak English proficiently, how can they possibly function in their future vocations? 

 

Welders still need to be able to read their manuals; auto mechanics still need to be able to read and follow safety regulations. Farmers still have to be able to understand government regulations and to fill out required paperwork.  All of us need to be able to follow written directions (e.g., medicine bottles, safety precautions, insurance forms, doctors’ orders, etc.)  to survive, and everyone is required to fill out state and federal forms.  

 

Question #2:  What is your plan to make sure Texas public school students commit themselves to learn the knowledge-based, academic, foundational skills that are found in the new TEKS and tested on the STAAR/EOC’s?  The new TEKS (adopted since 2008) are not at all like the old TEKS (adopted in July 1997). The old TEKS did not require students to learn nor teachers to teach specific content at each grade level. The new TEKS, however, have specific goals for students/teachers to reach at each grade level in each of the four core subjects.

 

The New Plan is fair because now everyone knows what the goals are. The old system was a jumble because nobody was quite sure what needed to be taught/learned at each grade level and in each course. Out of frustration and confusion, Texas educators put their TEKS in the bottom desk drawer and made the TAKS tests their curriculum.  The TAKS tests became the focus, and memorization of the TAKS answers became the norm.   

 

Question #3: If you de-emphasize the STAAR/EOC’s by gutting the present requirements and by not requiring students to pass them at each grade level along the way in English, Science, Social Studies, and Math, how will you make sure that students at each grade level learn what they are supposed to learn?

 

How will you make sure that students are prepared on the prerequisite skills at each grade level/course level unless those students and their teachers are held accountable at the end of each grade level/course level?

 

The New Plan requires students to pass 15 of their STAAR/EOC’s in order to graduate. How are you going to motivate students to learn the required TEKS curriculum standards at each step of the way if they are not held publicly accountable as they proceed through school?    

 

Have you ever heard of public pressure?  That is what the New Plan does; it makes schools (students and teachers alike) feel the pressure from the public to switch from Type #2 to Type #1 by publicizing the results of those high-stakes tests.  How are you going to mount the same type of public pressure if you gut the New Plan?

#5 – LEGISLATORS GUTTING STAAR/EOC REQUIREMENTS, PARTICULARLY WORLD HISTORY AND WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Under SB 1724, Texas high-school students would not be required to pass STAAR/End-of-Course tests in World History and World Geography.  “What gets measured gets treasured.”  What does not get measured does not usually get taught.  (Please refer to chart on SB 1724 posted below.)

It was over the curriculum standards (TEKS) for World History and World Geography that the Texas State Board of Education members waged some of their most ferocious battles back on 5.23.10.

 

The end result is that Texas’ World History and World Geography standards (along with the other Social Studies standards) are the most fact-based and patriotic curriculum standards (TEKS) in the entire country.  They are indeed “Type #1.”

 

Unless teachers and their students are held accountable on the World History and World Geography STAAR/End-of-Course tests to teach/learn the new Type #1 TEKS, many Texas teachers most likely will continue teaching their “old” Type #2 curriculum units  — revisionist history.

 

Also, it is in the World History and World Geography TEKS that the world’s religions are to be taught.  If we lose the STAAR/EOC “measuring stick” in these two courses, how will parents and the public know whether Texas students have been taught Type #1 or Type #2 curriculum? 

 

Some of the most troubling lessons in CSCOPE (and in other curriculum materials) are those that cover World History and World Geography (e.g., students designing Communist/Marxist flags, Islamic fundamentalism, burqas, Christianity as a cult, The Middle East, Christopher Columbus as an eco-warrior, 9/11 terrorists as “freedom fighters,” portrayal of communism as superior to capitalism, etc.). 

 

Have we grassroots citizens worked so hard to disclose these egregious Type #2 World History and World Geography revisionist history lessons only to lose the “battle” by removing the accountability of the STAAR/EOC’s that will force teachers to teach Type #1?  Yet, SB 1724, if passed, would remove that accountability for both teachers and students.  

 

If the Texas Legislature does away with the World History and World Geography STAAR/EOC’s (SB 1724), how will parents and the public ever know whether TASA iCLOUD, regular public schools, charter schools, CSCOPE, Turkish Gulen Harmony Charter Schools, dual-credit courses, Texas Virtual Academy, online learning, Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate programs, Web 2.0 Tools, and Safari Montage are actually moving our school children into Type #1? 

 

Link to SB 1724 – Legislation on STAAR/End-of-Course Tests 

 

 

TYPE OF TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE PROGRAM

STAAR/END-OF-COURSE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

FOUNDATION  
English IEnglish IIAlgebra I

Biology

U. S. History

Take 5 tests and must pass a minimum of 4
   
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY  
English IEnglish IIIAlgebra I

Biology

U. S. History

Take 5 tests and must pass a minimum of 4
   
ARTS & HUMANITIES/STEM  
English IEnglish IIIAlgebra I

Algebra II

Biology

U. S. History

Take 6 tests and must pass minimum of 5
   
English I — diagnostic only — does not count toward graduation State will pay costs for students to take SAT or ACT  

 

 

 

#6 – LEGISLATORS TURNING FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES INTO CULTURE CLASSES

 

The present New Plan has three degree plans (sophomores on down): Recommended (default), Distinguished, and Minimum.  The students who choose the Minimum plan (a very small percentage of Texas students) do not have to take foreign languages and for a good reason:  Most of those on the Minimum plan do not have the English pre-requisite skills to be able to be successful in a foreign language. Unless students understand the grammatical structure of their own primary language, most of them will not be able to gain proficiency in the foreign language.  

 

HB 5, SB 3, SB 1724, if passed, would require ALL students to take at least two years of foreign languages. The weakest students (those presently in the Minimum plan) would most likely either end up failing their foreign language classes or would pull the standards of the whole class down so much that students would end up studying ABOUT the foreign language/culture/holidays rather than LEARNING TO BE PROFICIENT in the foreign language.

 

 

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PRESENT NEW PLAN (SOPHOMORES ON DOWN) — RECOMMENDED GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (DEFAULT)

 

This Recommended graduation plan gives Texas high school students many opportunities (7 ½ credits of self-chosen electives for a 7-period day and 11 ½ credits for an 8-period day) to investigate various career, technology, fine arts, business, and other courses to see if the students have an interest in them.

 

 

 

SUBJECT

CREDITS

English (ELAR) 4
Math 4
Science 4
Social Studies 4
Foreign Languages 2
Physical Education or ROTC 1
Speech 1/2
Fine Arts 1
ELECTIVES 5 1/2
   
TOTAL 26 CREDITS

 

*Most frequently chosen plan

 

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Texas’s present New Plan also has two alternatives from which students may choose – the Distinguished and the Minimum:

 

 

PRESENT NEW PLAN – DISTINGUISHED GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

 

 

SUBJECT

CREDITS

English (ELAR) 4
Math 4
Science 4
Social Studies 4
Foreign Languages 3
Physical Education or ROTC 1
Speech 1/2
Fine Arts 1
ELECTIVES 4 1/2
   
TOTAL 26 CREDITS

 

 

 

PRESENT NEW PLAN – MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

 

SUBJECT

CREDITS

English (ELAR) 4
Math 3
Science 2
Social Studies 3
Academic Elective 1
Physical Ed. or ROTC 1
Speech 1/2
Fine Arts 1
ELECTIVES 6 1/2
   
TOTAL 22 CREDITS

 

 

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Now compare Sen. Dan Patrick’s plan as he explained it to me in an e-mail sent on 3.28.13:

 

 

RECOMMENDED

 

(Sen. Patrick calls this the 5 X 4 X 4 X 4.)

 

2 years of Foreign Languages

 

STEM students (Math and Science majors) could take only 3 Social Studies but 5 Math or Science and 4 English.  (This means STEM students could elect not to take World History and World Geography – two of the most important history courses in high school.)

 

HUMANITIES

 

3 Math, 3 Science, 4 or 5 English, 4 or 5 Social Studies

2 Years of Foreign Languages

 

 

DISTINGUISHED

 

Same as present 4 x 4 (4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 4 years of Social Studies, 4 years of Science)

 

3 years of Foreign Languages

 

Send this Audio of the WomenOnTheWall.org interview with Brandon Darby and Donna Garner and ask your legislator to listen to it and make sure they are not in the Green or Yellow Group. Now you will have to listen to it to find out what exactly that means. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

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“Dumbing Down Our Measuring Stick: the STAAR/End-of-Course Tests”

Date posted: March 26, 2013

Measuring StickBy Donna Garner

  • These vendors have a vested interest in continuing to sell their Type #2 curriculum: CSCOPE, Safari Montage, Lead4Ward, TASA iCLOUD, TASA Buy Boards, Bill Gates, Pat Jacoby’s AuthenticLearning.com, Expeditionary Learning, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence, and many others.  Please go to the bottom of the page to see the organizations that fall under the Type #2 Coalition of Essential Schools.   

 

  •  Turkish Gulen Harmony Charter Schools want the STAAR/EOC tests to be dumped because these schools are populated by many Turkish teachers newly arrived from Turkey who have poor English skills.  How could their students do well on the 40 right-or-wrong, grammar/usage/spelling questions on the Type #1 STAAR/EOC English tests? How could their students excel on the English reading sections of the Type #1 STAAR/EOC English tests?

 

  • Believe it or not, some organizations that are pushing school choice actually want the public schools to fail.  If the new Type #1 curriculum standards (TEKS) and Type #1 STAAR/EOC’s are successful in forcing public school teachers to return to the basics so that students can be successful in all of their classes, the vested school choice advocates would lose their market base. 

 

  • School administrators want the STAAR/EOC’s and the entire accountability system stripped of its public pressure.  Then schools could continue right along teaching Type #2 without the fear of repercussions through publicly revealed Type #1 STAAR/EOC test scores.

 

 

 

ACTION STEP:  Immediately contact all Texas Legislators and tell them to vote against SB 1724, SB 3, and HB 5. The new Type #1 plan of 4 years of English/Science/Math/Social Studies (called 4 x 4) for graduation and the requirements of the 15 STAAR/End-of-Course tests are in the process of being implemented with this year’s sophomores on down.

 

Texas Legislators must not do anything to hamper the authentic education reform that will be obvious in our Texas graduates of 2015 if the standards are allowed to remain.  Backing away from these standards right now would have a devastating impact upon the future workforce in Texas.

 

*Click Here for Definitions of Type #1 and Type #2:

 

Send this Audio WomenOnTheWall.org audio interview with Brandon Darby and Donna Garner and ask your legislator to listen to it and make sure they are not in the Green or Yellow Group. Now you will have to listen to it to find out what exactly that means. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

 

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(7 Stages for a bill to become law in Texas)  

 

SB 1724 – Dumbing down high school graduation requirements and dropping many end-of-course assessments (the public’s “measuring stick”)

 

Passed Stage 1 on 3.8.13 – Stage 2 is to get out of Senate Education Committee — 

 

(The postings on Texas Legislature Online must be behind because I have been told today that the full Senate is to vote on SB 1724 this WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27; that would be Stage 3.)

 

Authors:  Senators Patrick, Birdwell, Campbell, Hegar, Lucio, Paxton, Taylor

 

To see Stages for this bill: —http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB1724

 

To see Main Page for this bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB1724

 

 

Last posted action:  Considered in public hearing on 3.19.13

 

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SB 3 – Long and complicated bill – dumbs down graduation requirements/End-of-Course Assessment requirements for graduation, funding of certain curriculum requirements

 

Authors: Senators Patrick, Campbell, Lucio, Taylor

 

Passed Stage 2 on 2.25.13 – Stage 3 is vote by full Senate THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27.

 

To see Stages for this bill:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB3

 

To see Main Page for this bill:http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=SB3

 

Last posted action:  Reported favorably as substituted on 2.25.13  

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HB 5 – Dumbs down public school accountability, End-of-Course assessments, graduation requirements

 

Passed Stage 2 on 3.19.13 – Stage 3 is vote by full House Today, MARCH 26.

 

To see Stages for this bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB5

 

Authors:  Representatives Aycock, Deshotel, Davis, John, Villarreal, Callegari

 

To see Main Page for this bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB5

 

Last posted action:  Calendars Committee voted this bill out on 3/20.13.

 

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COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS – ALL TYPE #2

Asia Society
Assessment Training Institute
Center for Educational Policy Research
Coalition of Essential Schools
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CSCOPE ~ Sen. Dan Patrick Hearing and the Argyle Community Meeting on CSCOPE

Date posted: January 25, 2013

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Together we can make a difference if we just show up! 

Your attendance is needed! Mark your calenders and be there. Our children and grandchildren are worth fighting for. 

Because your voices have been heard. 

~The Hearing~

 Senator Dan Patrick has announced that he plans to have a hearing on CSCOPE We have heard this hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31st in Austin. When this is posted on the Senate website we will be posting as confirmation. 

Sen. Patrick has requested that CSCOPE resolve two main issues.
1. Total transparency for parents to view the curriculum
2. Removing language that subjects teachers to possible criminal penalties if they violate the contracts they sign with CSCOPE.

~ The Argyle Community Meeting on the Education of our Children and Grandchildren ~

Because concerns over CSCOPE have been raised the Argyle Administration is being smart and pro-active. There has been a community information meeting called and your attendance is strongly encouraged. 

Argyle High School – Lecture Hall 

Wednesday Feb. 6th 

6:30 PM

As reported earlier 

We have started on our family’s journey into uncovering CSCOPE in our own back yard. I found out that our school district Argyle ISD now has CSCOPE, as do 80% of the schools in Texas, both public and private. You can find out HERE if your district is using CSCOPE as well. 

If you are unclear as to what CSCOPE, a Texas based technology curriculum is please listen to the WBTM Women On The Wall radio interview linked below:

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

 

YIKES what is a Mom to do when a curriculum that was developed by some of the most far left progressives is being implemented in our Texas School District? This may give you a hint.

I went and spoke with our high school principal to see just how CSCOPE was being implemented. We have a great staff in our district so this was not a “got ya” meeting. I was told that CSCOPE is being used by teachers as a guide and time management technology tool so that students will be ready for testing. They have not used it or implemented any of the curriculum. As a Mom that was good news because from what I am finding in my research the curriculum is not one I would approve my children being taught. See Donna Garner’s analysis of Type 1 and Type 2 Education in Texas.

Next I met with the Superintendent of our district. I had an opportunity to learn more about why we are using CSCOPE. It was just put in place this year and I truly believe they did not know what was in the curriculum and who was behind it.

Once this information gets out to parents it won’t be long before many of us start showing up at the school board meetings demanding answers as to why a curriculum that has close ties to people like Linda Darling Hammond and Bill Ayers has been allowed into our conservative Texas district. To be clear I believe all of the administrators and school board members in our district did not know who was behind and leading the charge for CSCOPE and what is in the curriculum. They had been sold a time management technology system to help teachers prepare students for testing. They did not know about the progressive infiltration in the curriculum – the dark side of CSCOPE . It looks as though there is a very good reason that teachers are given a gag order when they begin teaching the curriculum.  

Our superintendent has contacted the CSCOPE representative who sold them the technology and has asked her to come to our information meeting to address the issues put forth about the dangerous curriculum in CSCOPE. I have invited our local elected officials, Sen. Jane Nelson, Representative Tan Parker and Representative Mira Crownover whose districts have children in our schools to join us. While they can not attend because they will be in Austin for the Legislative session we hope they will send a representative from their offices to attend our meeting so they can hear from the community they represent.

Our goal is to come up with solutions for our community to take on the issues in education that effect our children’s future. We must be knowledgeable about the consequences and effects of CSCOPE on the education of our children. Especially since Speaker Joe Straus is dangling a carrot of adding back 5 Billion in education. I say they don’t get another dime from our tax dollars until we know what our kids are learning in our public school.

 

Rep. James White at the Texas Freedom Rally

There is good news today out of the Texas Legislature- Especially after this report: Texas Legislators ~ You have the power to make a difference to the Nation, Stop CSCOPE!

This is a great start. Thank you!! Texas Rep. James White has filed HB 704 in an effort to protect Texas from the Obama administration’s takeover of the public schools through Common Core Standards. Please express your appreciation to Rep. White for his efforts and then contact Texas Legislators and ask them to vote for HB 704. 

 

Recent articles on CSCOPE: 

1.22.13 –CSCOPE~ “From a Veteran Teacher’s Point of View ~ Stan Hartzler” – By Alice Linahan

 1.22.13 — “Christopher Columbus Goes Green” – by Ginger Russell –

1.19.13 – “Renowned Science Author Banned from CSCOPE” – by Janice Van Cleave –   

1.18.13 – “CSCOPE Science Lesson – Discredited, Error-Filled” – by Janice Van Cleave –   

1.13.13 – “Obama Interested in ‘Allah-Is-God’ Curriculum – CSCOPE” – by John Griffing, World Net Daily – 

 1.3.13 — Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 of Colleen Vera’s investigative report, “What’s Behind the Curtain?” 

Part 1 – http://educationviews.org/cscope-whats-behind-the-curtain-part-i/

Part 2 – http://educationviews.org/pt-2-cscope-whats-behind-the-curtain/

 1.10.13 – Comment posted anonymously by Texas teacher —   

10.12.12 – “CSCOPE: Texas Teachers Given Gag Order” – Written by concerned Texas educators –

10.26.12 – List of CSCOPE Schools in Texas –

*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.

Dr. Hartzler loves teaching and seeing students excitement when they realize their potential but due to the controlled teaching that Cscope demands 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.

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

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The Women On the Wall will take on CSCOPE ~ National Security ~ Illegal Immigration and Guns tomorrow at 10 AM CST

Date posted: January 20, 2013

Women On The Wall Radio ~ WBTM Guest Lisa Benson

Women On the Wall Radio with hosts Rebecca Forest and Alice Linahan has a mission to Seek the TruthShare the Truth and Stand For The Truth. Tomorrow we take on the issues that matter to the safety and security of our children and we don’t hold back!! 

We believe that the women of America play a central role in the protection and security of our sovereign nation. The grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and sisters of American women of all political persuasions, age and race are the stewards of the home and hearth and will stop at nothing to defend and protect their families and their country.

We are the daughters and granddaughters of the women of America’s GREATEST generation.  They answered the call to save America and the world from Hitler’s horrific plan for humanity. Once again, America was awakened.  Since 9/11, our nation’s women have been vigilantly standing watch, calling attention to the dangers facing our children and our homeland.

CSCOPE, Dan Patrick, Women On The Wall and the 2nd Amendment. Tomorrow morning we will have Donna Garner on the show to take on the issue of CSCOPE ~ What it means for Texas Children, Who is behind it and why it must be stopped. 

DONNA GARNER - Educator for 33 years, appointed by President Reagan, Now Activist Writer

DONNA GARNER – Educator for 33 years, appointed by President Reagan, Now Activist Writer

Breaking News~ 

The Texas State Board of Education meets this coming Wednesday. At that time, two crucial people will be chosen for the three-member Executive Committee. Those three people determine the agendas and which members become committee chairs.  Barbara Cargill is the chair of the SBOE and of the Executive Committee, but there are only three on the Executive Committee. If Thomas Ratliff, who is on the Board illegally, is chosen as the Vice Chair and one more left leaner is chosen as the Secretary, then Texas Children and their future is at great risk. 

  

CSCOPE ~ Sen. Dan Patrick~ WomenOnTheWall.org and the 2nd Amendment

We are excited to announce our friend and colleague Lisa Benson will do a weekly National Security briefing on the WOW radio show. Lisa is a National Security Hawk and Mom who understands the threats we face. 

Tomorrow Lisa’s segment is titled :  “Houston, We Have A Problem.” 

Countering Iran: A Bill Signed, Sealed, But Will It Deliver?

Written by: Lisa E. Benson, January 17, 2013

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