Stop Common Core Colorado




A Challenge to Parents and Local School Boards from Dr. Sandra Stotsky.

  • Includes a step by step action plan for parents and local school boards
  • Also includes a downloadable version of Dr. Stotsky's letter and the Burlington resolution

Who is Dr. Sandra Stotsky

Professor Emerita

Dr. Sandra Stotsky 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 is also known nation-wide for her in-depth analyses of the problems in Common Core’s English language arts standards. Her current research ranges from the deficiencies in teacher preparation programs and teacher licensure tests to the deficiencies in the K-12 reading curriculum and the question of gender bias in the curriculum. She was on the Validation Committee for Common Core standards and refused to sign off on the standards because of the many issues with Common Core standards. 

She is regularly invited to testify or submit testimony to state boards of education and state legislators on bills addressing licensure tests, licensure standards, and Common Core’s standards.

She served on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Systemic Initiative (2009-2010), on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006-2008), co-authoring its final report as well as two of its task group reports, on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (2006-2010), and on the Steering Committee in 2003-2004 for the framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading assessments for 2009 onward.

Dr. Stotsky issued a challenge to parents and local school boards in a letter submitted on 3/22/14 below.

Video of Dr. Stotsky Explaining Her Role on the Common Core Validation Committee

Dr. Sandra Stotsky's Challenge to School Boards and Parents

Letter from Dr. Stotsky




Local school boards must take action now. They still have the legal authority in every single state, even if they are told they don't, or think they don’t. 


They must, upon petition by parents asap, vote:


  1. to allow parents to opt-out their children from any Common Core based test (pilot, field, or regular);
  2. to forbid any further implementation of curriculum based on and addressing CC standards;
  3. to eliminate use of CC standards in their school district;
  4. to develop/adopt any other set of standards in ELA, math, or science they want;
  5. to require their K-12 curriculum to address these other standards once they are developed/adopted. 


Every local school board has the legal authority to require these actions. Only the state legislature can pass a bill that eliminates local control/authority. No state legislature will. 


I will give 1-2 free days of professional development to develop first-rate ELA standards with the English/reading teachers in any school district in the country that votes the above. All it has to do is pay my travel expenses.


Sandra Stotsky


Dr. Stotslky's letter to parents.
Print and distribute.



Burlington, Colorado's School District - Resolution
Print and distribute

Burlington's Board of Education took up Dr. Stotsky's challenge and wrote a resolution regarding state education funding. Below is a link to their resolution as an example for your reference. Print these resolution documents and pass them on to your local school board as an example of a resolution that they can replicate.


Step by Step Guide to Dr. Stotsky's Challenge

What Dr. Stotsky is saying in her letter is that local school boards have the legal right to refuse Common Core State Standards. They just need to take the initiative and refuse them.

Challenge to parents:

  1. Put pressure on your local school boards to refuse CCSS and share this letter from Dr. Stotsky with them;
  2. Share the copy of Burlington, Colorado’s resolution regarding state education funding with your local school board;
  3. Take several members of your community with you as support.


Challenge to local school boards:

  1. Take the initiative to follow 5 steps Dr. Stotsky suggested in her letter above;
  2. Use Burlington’s resolution as an example for your own resolution;
  3. Invite Dr. Stotsky to give 2 free days of consultation to write your own rigorous standards for your district.