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The writers of a controversial teacher lesson plan were the focus of a heated Legislative Hearing Tuesday at the Texas Capitol.

The Senate Education Committee considered legislation requiring more oversight for a program called CSCOPE.

The lesson plans are produced by the Texas Education Service Center Collaborative, which is a non-profit organization that's made up of 20 regional education service centers. The classroom guides are written without State School Board oversight and when questions were raised concerning content and factual errors, Senator Dan Patrick drafted SB1406.

"So I have a bill to put them permanently under the state Board of Education we may have to end their participation in lesson plans as we learn more information, I have a book this thick of mistakes we've found in the last two months, the Attorney General has announced he is looking into CSCOPE," said Sen. Patrick.

Supporters of CSCOPE testified Tuesday that adding the State School Board to the process is unnecessary micro-management. Several school Superintendents argued that oversight should be done on the local level. The legislation still has to make it through both Chambers of the Capitol for final consideration.

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