No Lesson Plans Means No State Review for CSCOPE

Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 11:51 PM CDT
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No Lesson Plans Means No State Review for CSCOPE

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CSCOPE's creators voted Friday to take down all online lesson plans effective Aug. 31.

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The State Board of Education is scrapping its special panel to review a controversial curriculum system, after its creators agreed to stop offering lesson plans.

CSCOPE had helped teachers adhere to state educational requirements by offering Web-based lesson plans and exams.

But some conservatives claimed CSCOPE promoted anti-American values. That prompted the State Board of Education to create a committee to review CSCOPE's lesson plans, beginning with social studies.

CSCOPE's creators were working voluntarily with the committee. But amid continued complaints, they voted Friday to take down all online lesson plans effective Aug. 31.

Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill said Friday that makes the review "no longer necessary."

She said CSCOPE "has vividly shown what can happen with content when it is left unchecked and with limited parental access."

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