Conservative activists’ efforts to stop the use of controversial classroom lessons in a Central Texas school district hit a legal roadblock Friday.
State District Judge J. Allan Garrett, speaking to a courtroom audience filled with teachers and administrators from the Llano school district, ruled that a lawsuit over the lessons could not proceed due to procedural issues.
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What is CSCOPE?
• A group of Texas regional Education Service Centers launched CSCOPE in 2006 to offer school districts a cost-effective curriculum management system that was aligned with state standards. The system includes lesson plans, assessments, instructional calendars and other curriculum tools.
• As of last year, 70 percent of Texas school districts, serving 34 percent of Texas public school students, subscribed to CSCOPE. Most of them are smaller districts that don’t have their own curriculum departments.
• Central Texas school districts using CSCOPE include Bartlett, Bastrop, Elgin, Florence, Granger, Hays, Hutto, Jarrell, Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Liberty Hill and Wimberley. It is also used by some local private schools, including Hyde Park Baptist, Bannockburn Christian Academy and the Catholic Diocese of Austin.
• Among the 1,600 lesson plans, only a few have stirred controversy. For example, World History students were tasked to design a flag for a socialist country as part of a unit on different economic systems. A separate World History lesson asked students to discuss whether the Boston Tea Party would have been considered terrorism in the eyes of the British.