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Group Calls for One Year Pause in Common Core Rollout

January 23, 2014

Letter to governor accompanied by online petition and Stotsky events

Parker – Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the state’s largest grassroots free-market group, today, urged Gov. John Hickenlooper to order a one year pause in implementing the latest federal education fad called Common Core.

Common Core is growing in controversy and causing a parent backlash across the country as states begin implementation. New questions are being raised daily about watered-down standards, politically-correct content, testing methods, and problems – not to mention the loss of local control that accompanies more Washington meddling. AFP-Co says Colorado needs to take a careful second look, in light of emerging developments, at something that was not well understood, or fully formed, when Colorado prematurely embraced the program in 2010.

In a letter to Hickenlooper, AFP-Co State Director Dustin Zvonek asks Hickenlooper to institute a one year pause in implementation of Common Core, for additional study, review, and debate; arguing that embracing a flawed concept, now could have decades-long impacts in Colorado classrooms.

The group also created an on-line petition, inviting Coloradan’s to weigh-in with Hickenlooper on the issue; and is bringing highly-respected Common Core critic Dr. Sandra Stotsky to the state for two January events – see details here – as a way of further educating the public on Common Core’s flaws. Stotsky, is a respected educator who served on an advisory group that helped create Common Core, but declined to endorse the final product and later became a prominent critic after seeing flaws in what was proposed. Zvonek, in his letter, invites the governor or his staff to meet with Stotsky when she visits Colorado later this month.

“Anyone can make the mistake of leaping before you look,” Zvonek says in the letter. “But in Colorado’s case, there’s still time to deploy a parachute before the unfortunate impacts of this initiative are felt in Colorado school rooms. The consequences of a misstep now, will be felt for years to come. There’s nothing to be lost, and much to potentially gain by taking a thoughtful pause for further study and debate before plunging forward with such a poorly-understood and ill-conceived concept.

For further information or an interview, please contact Dustin Zvonek at DZvonek@afphq.org or 720.219.1451.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.  For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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