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East Texas teachers welcome the end of CSCOPE curriculum


A controversial public school curriculum system is coming to an end.  Monday, Senator Dan Patrick, the chairman of the Education Committee, announced that Texas schools would not be able to use CSCOPE lesson plans this fall. CSCOPE is a classroom curriculum used by more than 800 Texas School Districts.

Many teachers and parents have spoken out against CSCOPE, saying it doesn't allow any leeway in the lesson plans used to teach students.

East Texas educators are calling the announcement to eliminate CSCOPE lesson plans "a great day for Texas education."

"It means that [teachers] get control back over their classroom again. They get to use lesson plans that they feel are best suited for their class and their students in their class," says Bill Martin, the Tyler Sylvan Learning Center Director.

Martin says he expects every teacher who works at the center to walk in with smiles on their faces Monday night.

"I don't know of a single teacher that likes CSCOPE. Not a single teacher," says Martin.

After a seven year run, legislators announced that Friday, board members will end it all with a vote.

"I am very pleased to announce this morning that the era of cscope lesson plans has come to an end," says Senator Dan Patrick.

After August 31, districts will no longer be able to use the CSCOPE curriculum.

"The teachers here in Tyler Independent School District, it's going to have a huge impact on them," says Jamie Womack, the organizer of the Texas American Federation of Teachers in East Texas.

She says teachers are nervous about what's next, but very happy about that CSCOPE is on it's way out the door.

A Tyler ISD teacher who asked to remain anonymous said, "The end of CSCOPE means teachers will be able to teach English and other core subjects without watering them down. It means we can prep students for college. The need for college remedial courses will drop dramatically as CSCOPE lesson plans are removed."

"It's kind of a one-size-fits-all curriculum, and we preach about 'it's not one-size fits all,' ...we've got to meet the individual children's needs so they can be successful and this curriculum just has not allowed that," says Womack.

Martin says the absence of CSCOPE will mean more work for educators.

"The curriculum directors are actually going to have to sit down and make out the curriculum instead of just copying what the state says," says Martin.

Despite that extra work, Martin predicts this change to bring positive results, like higher test scores.

Tyler ISD, one of the largest East Texas school districts that currently requires their teachers to use CSCOPE, says they will address their curriculum plans after the final vote to end CSCOPE happens on Friday.

Dawn Parnell, communications director, said in an email, "At this time, Tyler ISD is waiting on the final decision from the State. Once the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCC) officially approves the measure on Friday, Tyler ISD will address our Curriculum and Instruction plan of action for the future."

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