Key Common Core Critic Sandra Stotsky Coming to Colorado

Jan 7, 2014 by AFP

Should National Backlash Prompt Second Thoughts Here?

Fort Collins – Americans for Prosperity and allied groups are bringing a key critic of the latest federal education fad to Colorado later this month to answer the question: What’s so controversial about Common Core?

Dr. Stotsky, a renowned educator and expert on the problems with Common Core, will speak at two evening events, January 27 and 28, in Fort Collins and Lakewood. Both events are free and open to the media and the public, but registration is requested.  Register here for the Fort Collins event. Register here for the Lakewood event.

Fort Collins Common Core Event
Monday, January 27, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Midtown Arts Center
3750 South Mason Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Lakewood Common Core Event
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Colorado Christian University
(Beckman Center near the Garrison entrance)
8787 West Alameda Ave Lakewood, CO 80226

The media is invited to attend. Please contact AFP Field Director Rudy Zitti at or 720-626-5902 if you have questions.

“As someone who has closely watched Common Core from the very beginning, Dr. Stotsky brings a depth of knowledge and level of credibility to the Common Core debate that few in the country can match,” said AFP State Director Dustin Zvonek. “We hope that bringing her here will help revisit a debate that really didn’t happen at the time Colorado approved this program, because it’s not too late to change our minds about Common Core in light of emerging questions and controversy.”

Colorado may already have adopted new federal “Common Core” standards, but Americans for Prosperity – Colorado, along with the parent group Core Concerns, are hoping to prompt second thoughts, in light of the growing national backlash, by hosting the events with Dr. Stotsky, a renowned educator who served on a Common Core advisory group but has since become a leading critic.

Dr. Sandra Stotsky is Professor Emerita at the University of Arkansas and is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students, as well as the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999-2003. She served on Common Core’s Validation Committee but was one of five professors who refused to sign-off on the standards. She has published many articles on the shortcomings of Common Core, including this recent piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Americans for Prosperity is the nation’s leading grassroots free market advocacy group; its Colorado chapter has nearly 70,000 members. Core Concerns is a Colorado-based parents’ group that hopes Colorado will rethink its embrace of Common Core.

For further information or an interview, please contact Dustin Zvonek at or 720.219.1451.