Months after lawmakers passed legislation doing away with CSCOPE, controversy remains over how teachers should move forward.

Monday, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst joined a group of Llano residents to praise a judge’s decision regarding CSCOPE lesson plans. The judge granted a temporary restraining order that bans the use of the lesson plans in the Llano Independent School District until they’re approved by the State Board of Education.

In Monday’s show, we look at why the legal move may be the first of many, and the Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg discusses why the lieutenant governor is getting involved in the fight now.

CRIMINAL COMPLAINT

As we first reported back in June, Gov. Rick Perry is the subject of a criminal complaint over a high-profile veto threat this legislative session. A political watch-dog group claims Perry committed several crimes when he threatened to defund the Public Integrity Unit if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn’t resign.

Perry eventually followed through, cutting more than $7 million from the unit. Now, the criminal complaint is making its way through the legal system. We spoke to the man responsible for the court action, Texans for Public Justice director Craig McDonald.

SENTENCING CHANGES

In a shift that could dramatically reduce the size of the U.S. prison population, Attorney General Eric Holder is proposing broad changes to the way drug crimes are prosecuted.

Holder has directed prosecutors not to include drug quantities in their indictments for low-level, non-violent offenders, in order to allow judges to sidestep mandatory minimum sentences.

The announcement drew praise from one conservative group, which has been working toward cost-cutting measures in Texas since 2007. We sat down with Vikrant Reddy of Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation to find out more about their efforts.