Tag Archives: Texas Education Agency

Left for dead, CSCOPE may live again

Star-Telegram, By Will Weissert (AP), 07/18/13

cscope_logoAUSTIN — Maybe CSCOPE’s not dead after all.

The curriculum system designed to help teachers adhere to state educational requirements was trumpeted as disbanded in May by conservatives who criticized it as promoting anti-American values.

But a top Texas Education Agency attorney suggested Wednesday that CSCOPE is now in the public domain, meaning its lesson plans and exams can be used in any districts where school boards authorize it.

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“Thomas Ratliff’s False Sense of Security”

by Donna Garner


Donna Gardner

The Travis County Public Integrity Unit just issued a statement on 3.14.11 (posted further on down the page) that clears Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member, Thomas Ratliff, of conflict of interest allegations. Supported by liberal organizations and the liberal news media, Ratliff thinks he has circumvented the Rule of Law.  However, he is wrong.

The chair of the SBOE, Gail Lowe, at the request of Texas citizen, Pat Carlson of Texas Eagle Forum, sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on 3.2.11 asking him to clarify the conflict of interest problem that Ratliff has since he is a millionaire lobbyist who has had long-standing business dealings with Microsoft and at least two Institutional Private Equity Money Management firms that do business with the Texas State Board of Education and the Texas Education Agency.

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Response to Representative Phil King’s Open Letter to Parents

by MerryLynn Gerstenschlager

Vice President, Texas Eagle Forum


MerryLynn Gerstenschlager

I am writing in response to Representative Phil King’s outstanding February 13, 2011 “Open letter to parents of public school children” as a 27-year taxpayer and resident of Parker County. Representative King requested that they report to him their “ideas, observations, and specific cost-cutting suggestions to make sure our education dollars are used efficiently.” Note that more than parents of public school children could and should participate in this worthwhile project. I call on all parents of public school children, as well as all Parker County taxpayers to join this effort.

The public has three outstanding Internet resources available that show how our tax dollars are spent for education at the local, state, and federal level:

1. The Weatherford Independent School District (WISD) check register is hard to locate from the WISD Homepage, but you can go directly to it at www.weatherfordisd.com/home/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=56&Itemid=56 . Continue reading →