Austin, TX – January 30, 2013 – State Representative Steve Toth (R- The Woodlands) filed HB 760 [CSCOPE Transparency Act] in a joint effort with other law makers and constituents to ensure that e-learning (on-line or cloud based teaching material) curriculum used in public schools falls under the oversight and approval of the State Board of Education. Many of Representative Toth’s constituents have a growing concern over the lack of accountability for the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, also known as CSCOPE. CSCOPE does not fall under the same oversight and approval as other printed materials because of its digital format. HB 760 would bring the digitized materials under the same publicly vetted process through the State Board of Education adoption process. To this date, CSCOPE has not gone through the intense Texas textbook adoption process in which public hearings are held and factual errors are documented, discussed, and verified. [read more at TX GOP Vote]
Austin, TX – On Thursday, February 7, 2013, Texas Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) filed an Open Records request to retain the financial statements and meeting minutes of the CSCOPE board of directors.
After reviewing what CSCOPE has been teaching our Texas children, House and Senate Members have serious concerns about the organization. Due to taxpayer money being used to assist in the development of this organization, Representative Toth would like to review financial statements to ensure there is accountability.
It has also been brought to the public’s attention that CSCOPE has plagiarized some of its curriculum from textbooks and publishing companies. “There are criminal acts of omission and criminal acts of commission, plagiarism is an act of commission. It was done intentionally. This is a blatant, willful act of using copy written material. Teachers can’t access CSCOPE unless they sign a non-disclosure agreement. If they disobey, it can lead to prosecution or termination. CSCOPE insists that it is to ensure the online curriculum is secure and ironically to discourage copyright infringement.”
Representative Toth continued, “The idea of having an on-line learning curriculum could be a great tool for our teachers. Instead, The Texas Education Service Centers who created CSCOPE have given our children a product that carries no oversight, no transparency, no accountability and to make things worse contains plagiarized content opening our State and school districts who use it to litigation. CSCOPE has shown by their decisions and policies questionable ethics and brings into question what role, if any, they should have in teaching America’s next generation. It is for this reason, I have filed HB 760 the ‘CSCOPE Transparency Act’. My intention is not to do away with e-learning tools. HB 760 identifies the concerns of parents and teachers by providing oversight of the fast-paced e-learning methods of tomorrow.”
Many of Representative Toth’s constituents have a growing concern over the lack of accountability for the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, also known as CSCOPE. Parents from all around Texas are demanding a change. HB 760 would ensure that e-learning or on-line curriculums used in public schools would fall under the oversight and approval of the State Board of Education.
Also see TX State Senator Dan Patrick’s Press Release – Sweeping Changes:
AUSTIN – February 8, 2013 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. [read more]