Hundreds of Texas school districts will stop offering lesson plans created by CSCOPE. In a press conference this morning, Education Committee Chairman Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) announced that the board would inform participating clients that all lesson plans will be taken offline on August 31.

CSCOPE was created as an online tool to help teachers meet state education requirements. It is used by more than 800 school districts.

CSCOPE came under fire earlier this year amid complaints from conservative and Tea Party groups who claimed students were being subjected to “anti-American” teachings. They attacked the tool claiming it promoted pro-Islamic lessons. Some examples included plans that taught children that the Boston Tea Party was carried out by terrorists and a sixth grade assignment to design their own communist flags. In addition, parents complained that they were unable to monitor what their children were learning in school because they did not have access to the online lesson plans.

Sen. Patrick has been leading the fight against the program. In an interview with Capital Tonight in February, Patrick criticized CSCOPE for using tax payer money to set up a shell corporation. “They set up this private corporation, I believe to shield information for whatever reason. But it doesn’t make any difference what the reasons are. Parents have a right  to see what’s in the curriculum,” Patrick said.

A bill making its way through the Legislature would have subjected CSCOPE to greater official oversight. Patrick’s announcement Monday makes the bill moot and the legislation has been deemed unnecessary. “The CSCOPE era is over,” Patrick said. “However, what the last several months has proven is that the state will have to create a plan to monitor all online material in the future so that our schools and classrooms remain completely transparent to parents and the legislature knows what is being taught in our classrooms across Texas.”

It remains to be seen how the 877 school districts who paid to be part of the program will replace the system. The Texas Freedom Network released a statement calling the CSCOPE evaluation a “political witch hunt.” TFN President Kathy Miller released this statement:

“Today political bullying resulted in hundreds of school districts getting thrown under the bus and essentially told to figure out for themselves where to find the resources to replace the service CSCOPE had provided them. The big lesson here is that if you can generate a witch hunt that includes enough incendiary and distorted claims, then there are politicians at the Capitol who are ready to throw their supposed commitment to local control out the window.”