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Sen. Dan Patrick to debate Vice Chair of SBOE Thomas Ratliff on CSCOPE

Teach the Vote
Teach the Vote

Date Posted: 8/08/2013 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE

Senate Education Committee Chairman, and now candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) will debate Vice Chairman of the State Board of Education Thomas Ratliff on CSCOPE, an online curriculum aid used by many Texas schools. Patrick recently led a push to end production of CSCOPE lessons, which some conservatives believe promotes a liberal agenda. However, although no new lessons will be created, there is nothing stopping schools from using lessons that are already in existence. This issue has become a hot topic for both Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who are using it to drum up attention prior to election season. Patrick issued a public challenge that he would debate anyone of the merits of the system. Ratliff accepted Patrick's challenge. As of press time, the two sides were wrangling over the details of the event, which will take place Aug. 24 in Tyler. Stay tuned for updates.


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