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August 7, 2013 - 3:52 pm
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After the 2013 regular legislative session and three special sessions, most Texans believed that the state’s controversial CSCOPE education curriculum had been put out to pasture. But it turns out that the controversial curriculum is not dead, and was posted online. In a wide-ranging interview with PJTV/PJ Media Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst revealed efforts to fix or at least mitigate what he calls a “disaster.”

When PJM spoke with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, he had just come from a meeting on CSCOPE with members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE).

“I thought CSCOPE was dead and buried,” Dewhurst said. “Based on my conversations with parents all across the state last year in 2012 continuing through, now into 2013, I thought that CSCOPE was a real problem and that we needed to kill it off.”

But that’s not what happened.

“We have so many problems with CSCOPE. Factual errors. Bias. Our Founding Fathers being called ‘terrorists,’” Dewhurst said, referring to how the lesson plan on the Boston Tea Party depicts it as “a local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.”

That was but one of many problems Texans have found with CSCOPE. Other problems included the curriculum’s praise for communism and its reported tilt toward Islam.

Dewhurst says that he asked a senator to carry a bill in the legislature that would put the CSCOPE lesson plans under the Texas State Board of Education’s review and corrections process. The SBOE currently has a strong conservative majority. But as the bill moved through the legislature, there was an unauthorized agreement made to stop his bill and then post all of CSCOPE’s uncorrected lesson plans on the Internet.

“Somebody didn’t think this through. Once you put them all on the Internet, they’re in the public domain. And they’re up there. And as of last count, the TEA (Texas Education Agency) Commissioner [Michael] Williams…was sharing with me, 897 school districts out of 1200 are planning on using CSCOPE. How do we correct it [since it's already posted online]? This is a disaster! A disaster!”

Dewhurst says he is applying his business background to fixing the problem.

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calling American Patriots 'terrorists'. where have I heard that before? oh yeah, its how d.h.s. characterizes American Patriots in their instruction manuals to the 70,000 affirmative action obamabots they have hired. make no mistake, we are in the way for what the new commie-marxists have in mind for our country.
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The real story on CSCOPE is the money trail. It's pretty obvious that these Region Service Center heads were using state employees, their influence as the "experts" and resources to create and sell CSCOPE but that the proceeds were going into an illegally created business operation which has not disclosed it's financials. Follow that money trail - as well as the personal ties of those individuals - and you'll have the big picture of what was happening.

Just because Texas denied the DoE the opportunity to bring Common Core through the front door, doesn't mean that these Region Administrators were not complicit in bringing it through the backdoor.

Beyond the questionable ideology of the history, civics portions - we also know that a large majority of the rest of the curriculum is also significantly flawed in particular the math portions. Don't just focus on one narrow piece to question - put the whole thing under the microscope.
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Look, the only time the Texas Republican good-old-boy, non-Tea-Party machine gets anything done is when an election is coming. As soon as these guys have to run for re-election, they all of a sudden get all Conservative and start to beat up Democrats and take a stand.

Either we need to have elections for these perpetual government officials every year or we need to elect some non-machine, Tea Party Conservatives who will make permanent, deep cuts in Texas state government and who will stop doing the "bipartisan boogie" with Texas Democrats. Now.
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Nice, but:
* what about the people that will receive education with CSCOPE under the period of public comment? Are they the new guinea pigs the collective will experiment with now?
* WHO the heck write stuff like that and goes anonymously unpunished and un-denounced? At least with Obamacare you have the name attached to it. Who is responsible of CSCOPE?
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C Scope, an unmitigated disaster, but it couldn't have come to fruition without the aid of leftists, in service to their Islamist helpmates, as they both seek to bring down 'Amerika'!

The following is a result of their efforts - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/13/the-donning-of-burqas-at-a-u-s-school-near-you-the-pernicious-effects-of-the-redgreen-alliance-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Billy Boy Ayers had a big hand in its implementation, that's for sure.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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I know that many of the TSTA affiliates have been very open about their ties to SEIU.
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I seem to be using this phrase a lot lately, but wow with the malice aforethought. No wonder these people keep banging the drum on gun control.
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calling American Patriots 'terrorists'. where have I heard that before? oh yeah, its how d.h.s. characterizes American Patriots in their instruction manuals to the 70,000 affirmative action obamabots they have hired. make no mistake, we are in the way for what the new commie-marxists have in mind for our country.
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