MWPISD Replies to C-SCOPE Concerns 4/16/13
CBS 7 News
April 16, 2013
Monahans, TX - A local school district is tackling C-SCOPE misconceptions.
During a meeting tonight things got heated when the lesson plans were questioned.
CBS 7 spoke with The Monahans-Wickett-Pyote-Independant School District who says this is one of many C-Scope-meetings that they plan on having.
To answer many questions ranging from how a parent can get involved to does C-SCOPE promote communism beliefs.
It was a full room of parents Thursday night at the C-SCOPE parent meeting.
“It has become an issue as part of the legislative session,” said Assistant superintendent Kellie Riley. “Some of the issues have come with some of the lessons.”
They want to clear the air and help parents understand the program.
Mindy Thurman is one of the parents in Monahans who came to the meeting with concerns.
“There are little sections in some lessons that are questionable and I don't want my children to be exposed to that,” she said.
She says that some lessons promote communism and Islam beliefs.
Where did you get that information?
“Well, actually there are lessons that teachers snuck out of the classroom and you can see it online.”
Riley says be weary on what you read on line and its best to have open communication with the teacher and the district instead of the Internet.
“The district is not promoting Islam or communism,” Riley said, “We are focused on meeting state standard and promoting the creativity of our teachers.”
The assistant superintendent says there is a step-by-step process on how to find the C-SCOPE lesson plans online and says that they are coordinating a computer lab for parents to actually show them what to do.
Just a few months ago C-SCOPE reported that its program is being used by 816 of the one thousand 230 school districts in the state.
That number is down compared to 875 last fall.