By Donna Garner:
TWO ACTION STEPS TO TAKE AGAINST CSCOPE
ACTION STEP #1: The House Public Education Committee will layout Rep. Steve Toth’s HB 760 on Tuesday, April 30, Texas Capitol E2.036, 2:00 P. M.
Please contact your Texas Representatives and tell them that you support both HB 760 and SB 1406 because these bills would give the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education oversight and direction over curriculum products, including CSCOPE, generated by the Regional Education Service Centers.
Electronic registration has been implemented as a requirement for providing testimony at House committee hearings. Please go to this website to learn how to register electronically to testify: House Witness Registration
PARKING NEAR THE CAPITOL [ Beware that the DPS both tickets and tows in Austin]
Please read and print this before you go to Austin so you will be on time.
The CSCOPE hearing will be held in Room E2.036 in the Capitol Extension.
It is suggested that you plan to arrive at the entry to the parking lot at least one hour before you want to arrive at Room E2.036. The lot could be full and you may have to seek alternate parking, as indicated below. Also, it takes a long time to get from the parking garage/s to Room E2.036 in the Capitol Extension.
Plan lots of time to park, to walk two (or maybe 4) blocks to the Capitol, to go through security, and walk the long way to Room E2.036 in the Capitol Extension.
Note that the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage could be full and then you will have to drive several blocks to the underground parking garage at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then walk four blocks to the Capitol.
Note: Due to security, the only entrances to the Capitol are at the North, South, East, and West sides of main Capitol building. The Capitol Extension is all underground and there are doors at the street level. However, these doors are locked from the inside and you cannot enter the Capitol Extension through these doors. The CSCOPE hearing will be held in the Extension in Room E2.036. You must allow enough time to go through security at any of the Main Capitol entry doors and then walk a long ways to the Capitol Extension. There is an underground passageway from the main Capitol to the underground Extension, which has two levels, E1 and E2. Note that level E1 sits on top of level E2.
Note: All rooms with the capital letter “E” before the numerals are in the Capitol Extension. All rooms with the capitol letter “E” after the numerals are on the East Side of the main Capitol building.
Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto located between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets (it’s a One Way street heading South) at 12th and 13th streets. Parking is free for the first two hours and $1.00 for each half hour thereafter (maximum daily charge: $8.00); accessible parking is available with accessible routes to the Capitol.
If the Capitol Visitors Center Parking lot is full, go North on Trinity (it’s a One Way street heading North) to a left on 18thSt (it’s a One Way Street heading West). When you get to Congress St., go across Congress and directly on your right is the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Continue up 18th St. for about 40 feet and turn right into the entrance to the museum’s underground parking garage. Cost to park is a flat rate of $8.00. You pay an attendant when you enter – they accept credit cards and cash only. For more information about museum parking please visit: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/parking_and_directions_general.html
When you walk out of the museum parking at street level, look to your right and you will see the Capitol four blocks south of you.
Note: The parking garages never close, so your car will never be locked in if you have to stay until late at night at the Capitol.
It is suggested that you not use the parking meters on the street near the Capitol because you can only deposit enough money for three hours of parking at a time. Note that it costs 25 cents for 15 minutes, or $1.00 per hour. If the CSCOPE public hearing lasts longer than three hours, you may lose your turn if the clerk calls your name to testify and you have had to go feed your meter with more quarters.
*This information has been provided to us by Merry Lynn Gerstenschlager, a long-time volunteer activist with Texas Eagle Forum.
ACTION STEP #2 – Send this citizen action letter to your school superintendent and curriculum officials:
Dear Superintendent _______________:
In light of growing statewide criticism of CSCOPE, over issues of substandard instructional material, illegally plagiarized lessons, anti-American sentiments, and financial impropriety, I am respectfully requesting that teachers in the (insert the name of your school district) be released from the mandated use of this curriculum, effective immediately, until a full investigation is completed by state authorities.
Neighborhood meetings will be hosted to inform concerned parents and local taxpayers about the serious implication of lessons which have not undergone legitimate scrutiny. We, the citizens of (insert the name of your town) have placed trust in our school board and administration to protect our children. CSCOPE lacks academic integrity and has resulted in a serious breach of public trust.
I support a return to the use of textbooks and materials which are approved by the Texas State Board of Education. Full transparency in the use of future Instructional Material Funds is warranted to assure the purchase of materials that have been thoroughly reviewed and given final approval by parents, taxpayers and teachers.