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State Board of Education Adopts CSCOPE Resolution and Resolution Opposing Vouchers

The State Board of Education on Friday tentatively approved seven additional Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Technology Applications courses that may count for the fourth math or science credit required for the Recommended or Distinguished graduation plans.

If given final approval at the board's July meeting, students would be able to earn math credit if they take and pass Robotics Programming and Design; Principles of Engineering; Digital Electronics; or Discrete Mathematics, which currently count as a CTE or Technology Applications credit. Students could earn science credit for Veterinary Medical Applications, Advanced Environmental Technology, or Human Body Systems, which are also currently CTE courses. If given final approval at the board's next meeting, this would expand the math and science course offerings available to students as early as the 2013-2014 school year.

The board also approved, with two members abstaining, another resolution that "encourages CSCOPE, and any other provider of instructional materials, to participate in the SBOE review process to ensure quality materials are…in our classrooms."  An ad hoc committee of the board began reviewing social studies material contained in CSCOPE last month. Listen to the discussion on CSCOPE from the SBOE's April 19 General Meeting.

The board approved on a 10-5 vote a resolution that calls on the Texas Legislature to "reject all vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits, or any other mechanism that have the effect of reducing funding to public schools or limiting accountability or transparency for public tax dollars."

The also board gave final approval to revised Fine Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. These curriculum standards cover music, art, theater and dance. The next SBOE meeting is scheduled for July 17-19.