Posted: Aug 24, 2013 5:34 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2013 5:35 PM
TYLER, Texas (AP) A conservative state senator and a moderate State Board of Education member are debating a school lesson plan system that has turned political.
Houston Sen. Dan Patrick and East Texas board member Thomas Ratliff are squaring off in front of more than 500 spectators Saturday evening in Tyler.
Patrick is a critic of CSCOPE, a subscription service that allowed teachers in small school districts to access lesson plans built around state curriculum standards.
He's called some of the model lesson plans anti-American.
Ratliff says small, cash-strapped schools need CSCOPE to prepare students for state standardized tests.
Tea party activists have made CSCOPE an issue in the 2014 campaign and Ratliff proposed the debate to show there is nothing wrong with it. Patrick has worked to kill CSCOPE.