Stopping the Rumor Mill

Rumors have the potential to damage the morale of employees and supporters of any organization. Waco ISD has created this web page to "set the record straight" about what is being talked about among our employees and in our community as it pertains to district operations. Our goal is to be open and honest about district matters and future plans. When necessary, we will refute rumors with factual evidence. If you are aware of conversations or social media postings that may contain unsubstantiated claims that could be potentially harmful to Waco ISD, please email: rumormill@wacoisd.org and we will do our best to respond.

The Rumor Mill

Date: February 12, 2013
Topic: CSCOPE Curriculum
What is being said: CSCOPE, the curriculum management tool used by Waco ISD, promotes Islam and states that instigators of the Boston Tea Party were terrorists.

The facts: The "promotes Islam" allegation is based on lesson content that has been taken out of context. CSCOPE teaches the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). A number of the TEKS call for students to learn about and compare the various world religions. One of the religions addressed is Islam and there is a lesson on the founding principles, history and beliefs of this religion just as there are for Christianity, Judaism, and other major world religions.

Allegations that CSCOPE claims the "instigators of the Boston Tea Party were terrorists" is a misinterpretation of the lesson. While the Boston Tea Party is viewed as a patriotic event in American history, the lesson explores how this same event would be viewed from the perspective of King George III. In hindsight, CSCOPE developers acknowledge a different historical event should have been used.




Date: February 12, 2013
Topic: Attendance Zones
What is being said: Waco ISD school attendance zones will be changing for next year.

The facts: Population shifts in our city sometimes force Waco ISD to adjust its school attendance zones. Ideally, we would like each of our schools to be at 90% capacity. Currently, some campuses are under their desired enrollment while others are over. With the help of a demographer, the School Board will be exploring possible attendance zone adjustments in the coming months.




Date: February 12, 2013
Topic: School Closings and Consolidations
What is being said: Additional school closures and consolidations will happen soon.

The facts: Because the State Legislature has repeatedly slashed public school funding, Waco ISD is constantly looking for ways to operate as efficiently as possible. Although closing and consolidating campuses last year was a hard pill to swallow for many of us, doing so enabled the School Board to adopt a balanced budget that included a pay raise for teachers. Although no decisions have been made, the board and administration will continue to look at options for expanding some campuses and closing others.




Date: February 12, 2013
Topic: Salaries
What is being said: Salaries for teachers were recently "cut" because of a mistake by Human Resources.

The facts: In early January, it was discovered that the total annual salary entered in August on the district's finance system was incorrect for some teachers. These inadvertent clerical errors caused some teachers to be slightly overpaid and others slightly underpaid.  The amount is approximately $7 per paycheck. Teachers whose pay was affected by the error were notified by a letter from the Human Resources Department.

Teachers who had been underpaid since the beginning of the school year received compensation they were due on their January 31, 2013 paychecks. Teachers who had been overpaid began seeing an adjustment in their paychecks beginning January 31, 2013. The overpayment is being divided by the number of pay periods remaining in the current school year.

No teacher received a "cut" in salary. In accordance with their years of experience, all teachers will receive the annual salary on the teacher payscale adopted by the Waco ISD Board of Trustees in August 2012.