Lumberton ISD Reponds to CSCOPE & Muslim Burqa Lesson - Blames Texas, Starr/EOC Tests, School Choice
Lumberton ISD School Board Meeting 3/7/2013
Superintendent Valastro responds to angry parents who packed the meeting demanding answers to many questions. Some parents were upset that the School uses CSCOPE, which has recently been exposed as a flawed lesson plan that lacks transparency, was designed by liberals, and contains pro Islam lessons and lessons that have students draw a communist flag. Some parents were upset about the situation in which Lumberton Students put on Muslim Burqas at the school without being informed that Burqas are oppressive objects
Senator Dan Patrick (SD7), chair of the powerful Senate Education Committee, has recently introduced legislation that would open up the strangle-hold government-sponsored monopoly that the education establishment enjoys in public education. His reasoning is simple and time-honored—“competition is good.” It doesn’t matter much what the competing items are—widgets, services, commodities, or even education—the very existence of competition improves the quality of all competitors. Read more »
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If you have not heard, a rogue group hidden within one-and-then-more regional service centers (RSC) of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) called CSCOPE (no particular acronym meaning, except that software possibly started from a progressive leaning company with similar initials). It has been hidden from public view due in part to some questionable 501c3 filings that seem to have only one purpose—to keep their operations as secretive as possible. Read more »
West Point has a fine and storied tradition: President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the military academy in 1802.
The same Thomas Jefferson who often repeated the John Bradshaw quote:
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And the same Thomas Jefferson who wrote:
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
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For the past five years, I’ve had the honor of representing you as Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). As many of you know, I’m leaving the Workforce Commission this month, but I will still remain involved in public affairs and support policies to encourage employment opportunities and private sector job creation.
As I leave TWC, I am particularly proud of the rediscovery of the importance of vocational education in providing good job opportunities for young Texans and in meeting the demand for skilled workers in our state.
There have been lots of updates after I posted this article this morning: Lumberton ISD (Texas) Students Told to Wear Muslim Burqas in CSCOPE High School Lesson.
Here are the updates:
Although Texas CSCOPE has had major issues because of Islam lessons in schools, this Muslim Burqa lesson was NOT part of CSCOPE, and it a lesson that Lumberton ISD has been doing for years. Read more »
Wow, I don’t even know what to say. I just read a news story by John Griffing on WND.com about my very own Hometown High School in Lumberton, TX (Lumberton ISD) making students wear Muslim Burqas as part of a history class this past week. (Picture displayed is from a Lumberton student taken when they had to wear Burqas in class.)
Update: After Muslim Burqa Lesson, Student Pulled From Lumberton School - minor students cried today after being forced to sign incident report about what happened without parent notified or allowed to be at the meeting, parents furious - the school says this lesson seems to be a Lumberton lesson and not CSCOPE lesson, but CSCOPE Experts say it was CSCOPE influenced - Senator Dan Patrick Investigating
read more updates here:
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