C-SCOPE, the controversial teacher preparation service which was blasted by conservatives, including talk show host Glenn Beck as being anti American will be dropped, 1200 WOAI news reports.
C-SCOPE was created by the various regional education centers around the state as a way to help teachers, especially in smaller districts where there aren't many curriculum support experts, adhere to sometimes complicated state curriculum standards.
It provided web based lesson plans and exams for teachers to use in their classroom, to make sure they taught items which were required by the Texas Education Agency, and which were similar to what was being taught elsewhere, so their students could be on a level with other students if they moved or transferred.
But C-SCOPE was in trouble from the start with conservative activists, especially following a misguided exercise in an East Texas middle school, which was not part of a C-SCOPE curriculum, in which students were pictured dressing up in traditional Muslim attire, including head scarves on girls.
State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) said today C-SCOPE will stop offering lesson plans. "I am pleased that the C-SCOPE Board has made the decision to get out of the lesson plan business," he said. "This is a positive development for students, parents, teachers, and the Regional Service Centers."
Conservatives and Tea Party activists were also angered by a lesson plan which urged students to look at the Boston Tea Party from the point of view of the British, referring to the Patriots as 'terrorists.'
C-SCOPE also angered parents by requiring teachers to sign a confidentiality pledge, agreeing not to divulge details of the curriculum, a policy which was changed as C-SCOPE came under more rigorous criticism.
Other classroom activities which conservatives found objectionable was one which encouraged students to 'design a flag for a new Socialist nation.' Several teachers complained that C-SCOPE took away their creativity, and forced them to adhere to rigid lesson plans.
"The C-SCOPE era is over," Patrick said.