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Classroom curriculum system dies amid criticism

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A classroom curriculum system used by hundreds of Texas school districts will stop offering lesson plans after some conservative groups claimed it was promoting anti-American values.

State Sen. Dan Patrick said Monday that officials who created the system known as CSOPE will vote to scrap thousands of lesson plans this week, effectively killing the entire system.

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

Some 877 school districts, many small and unable to create costly curriculums on their own, paid fees to use it.

But CSCOPE drew criticism from tea party groups, who claimed some lesson plans promoted pro-Islam ideals.

A bill making its way through the Legislature would have subjected CSCOPE to greater official oversight. But Patrick's announcement makes that moot.

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