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East Texans question if CSCOPE is really over

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Concerned citizens and educators from all over Texas gathered in Van Zandt County to discuss the CSCOPE program, a controversial curriculum system.

More than 800 Texas school districts use CSCOPE, an internet based system, that has received numerous complaints of having an "Anti-American" agenda.

Senators looked into a complaint about reports of a lesson describing participants of the Boston Tea Party as terrorists, which can by found here. Another sixth-grade lesson that asked students to create their own flag for a new socialist country.

Although creators of CSCOPE have voted to take down all online lesson plans amid continued complaints, East Texans said the battle is far from over.

Senators looked into a complaint about a lesson describing participants of the Boston Tea Party as terrorists and another sixth-grade lesson that asked students to create their own flag for a new socialist country.

They are lessons that has many East Texans fired up.

"It's alarming; it is alarming how subtle something can creep into the public school system," said Don Kirkpatrick, Van Zandt County's Justice of the Peace PCT 1.

Jeanine McGregor said she was asked to testify before the Senate Education Committee after putting together a CSCOPE report.

"When I looked into it, I realized there are a lot of problems here that did not fit into the traditional way of teaching and learning, and since Texas is a conservative state and we consider ourselves a Christian state, that some of the lessons kind of went against those, not kind of, those lessons went against those traditional values," McGregor said.

Many parents said they want to take lessons offline and instead just use text books that  children can bring home. They said it would make it easier to see what their kids are learning in school.

Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill said CSCOPE has " vividly shown what can happen with content when it is left unchecked and with limited parental access."

CSCOPE creators voted to take down all lesson plans effective August 31st, but some said CSCOPE is not over.

"It's not being taken out. The scoping sequence and the time management system of CSCOPE will still be rented to the school districts across the state," said concerned parents and board member of Women on the Wall, Alice Linahan.

While these parents and educators said they are happy the lesson plans are gone, they said the CSCOPE assessments, which can still be used, are also controversial.

"The CSCOPE tests have as much indoctrination and slant in their questions as the lessons do. Also the questions are very opinion based," McGregor said.

After attending the meeting, East Texans said they will be keeping a watchful eye on their school districts.  

"We will be in touch with our state legislatures our state senators to see if it is truly dead or non-existent now, or is it just going to take a different direction?" Kirkpatrick questioned.

The State Board of Education is scrapping its special panel to review the controversial curriculum system since the creators have agreed to stop offering lesson plans.

However, some East Texans at the meeting said the panel needs to continue to get to the bottom of what exactly their children were learning.

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