Hearing set to determine CSCOPE’s future
August 15, 2013, 9:30 pm by Lance Reaves
A group of Llano County citizens will find out at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the District Courtroom at the Burnet County Annex whether a district judge will issue a temporary injunction against the Llano Independent School District prohibiting the use of CSCOPE lesson plans for the coming school year.
The hearing comes one week after the group secured a Temporary Restraining Order from District Judge Dan Mills banning LISD from using the lesson plans. The group announced the action on Monday at a news conference in the Texas Senate press room in Austin along with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Rep. Steve Toth (R – The Woodlands).
District Judge J. Allan Garrett will preside at Friday’s hearing.
Attorney Tim Cowart of Llano is representing the plaintiffs in this case, and says he will present the judge with a direct argument.
"My pleadings are pretty straight forward,” he said. "If this were a football play, it would be a run straight up the middle.”
Cowart and the plaintiffs are arguing that since CSCOPE was developed and owned by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), it is subject to approval by the State Board of Education as part of Senate Bill 1406 signed by Gov. Rick Perry in June.
To this date, the SBOE has neither reviewed nor adopted CSCOPE instructional lessons, according to the injunction.
Opponents of the CSCOPE lesson plans, used by 70 percent of Texas school districts, say they reflect a liberal bias and promote socialism and Islam over American and Christian ideals.
When contacted, Llano ISD Superintendent Casey Callahan referred all questions to the district’s attorney in the case.
For the full story, see the weekend edition of The Highlander.
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